Sierra Leone
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Freedom of expression continued to be restricted by the use of sections of the Public Order Act on defamation and sedition.  Violations of the rights of human rights defenders were reported. Police used excessive force and committed other human rights violations. Discrimination against women and LGBTI people persisted.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years


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