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Sierra Leone: Abolition of death penalty a 'major victory'

The West African state has become the 23rd country on the continent to end capital punishment In response to news that Sierra Leone abolished the death penalty, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director, said: “This is a major victory for all those who tirelessly campaigned to abolish this cruel punishment. “Now that the abolition Bill has been approved by Parliament, President Julius Maada Bio should, without delay, sign it into law and commute all death sentences. "We oppose the death penalty in all cases. It is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment which has

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Sierra Leone: Government must address mental health crisis following civil war and Ebola epidemic - New Report

War and Ebola survivors struggle with physical disability and lasting grief Government must increase spending and support to address crisis 'Mental health is not a luxury, it is a fundamental human right' – Rawya Rageh Survivors of traumatic experiences in Sierra Leone are being failed by the severe lack of mental health services available after the country’s brutal civil war and devastating Ebola epidemic, Amnesty International warned in a new report published today (25 May). The report, ‘They Are Forgetting About Us’: The long-term mental health impact of war and Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone: Ban on pregnant schoolgirls ruled unlawful

© Amnesty International

Groundbreaking ruling could have significant impact across continent A ban on pregnant girls from sitting exams and attending mainstream school in Sierra Leone has been found to be unlawful, and in breach of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights and international law. Marta Colomer, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Acting Deputy Director Campaigns, said: “Today’s ruling is a landmark moment for the thousands of girls who have been excluded from school, and whose right to access education without discrimination has been violated for the past four years because of this

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Sierra Leone: shocking scale of mudslide deaths is 'very much man-made'

Freetown residents look on as workers remove a mudslide wreckage

Housing and environmental failures behind human tragedy in Freetown “There must be no repeat of the mismanagement and corruption that blighted the response to the country’s Ebola crisis” - Makmid Kamara The terrible aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone, which have left more than 3,000 people homeless, illustrates the human cost of the government’s failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty International. More than 400 people were killed in the mudslide, which struck earlier this week in the early hours of Monday (14 August), in the Regent community of the capital

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Sierra Leone: Pregnancy ban in schools threatening teenage girls' futures

School girls in Sierra Leone
School girls in Sierra Leone © Sabrina Mahtani

‘In school they do not really teach us about family planning. They think we are too young, or it is bad or that it will encourage you to have sex.’

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Nov 25 2015 2:39PM
Girls in Sierra Leone need us

By Hassatou Sambou, Country Coordinator for Senegal, Sierra Leone and Mauritania Today, the world will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Yes, because even though we’re in 2015, 35% of women...

Sierra Leone: Preventing pregnant girls from taking exams is discriminatory warns Amnesty

Girls in school
Girls in school © William Vest-Lillesoe/IBIS

“This is the latest blow for girls in Sierra Leone who have already faced so much” – Naomi McAuliffe

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Nov 6 2014 10:23PM
Living with Ebola in Freetown: 'It feels like the whole country is in quarantine'

Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in March, life in Sierra Leone has changed beyond recognition. So far, the World Health Organization has confirmed more than 5,200 Ebola cases in Sierra Leone alone and more than 13,700...

EU Court ruling a setback for LGBTI refugees

Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists reacted angrily today to the decision by a key European court to refuse to rule that the criminalisation of consensual same-sex activi

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Jul 30 2013 4:30PM
Zimbabwe elections: Amnesty directors in Africa speak out

When Zimbabwe’s elections were last held in 2008, the resulting violence and repression led to over 200 people being killed and 10,000 injured. The violence was so severe that hospitals ran out of crutches and 28,000 people were forced...

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