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Sierra Leone: One dead, two seriously injured as security forces open fire on protesting students

The security forces killed one person and seriously injured at least two others as they opened fire on protesting students in the city of Bo today, Amnesty International said. “This bloodshed and loss of young life is a tragedy and suggests a heavy handed response by the security forces to a student protest,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International West Africa researcher. “We urge the police to refrain from committing human rights violations and instead allow the students to safely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • News
  • Sierra Leone
  • Right to Education

Sierra Leone: Continued pregnancy ban in schools and failure to protect rights is threatening teenage girls’ futures

Sierra Leone must lift a deeply discriminatory ban on visibly pregnant girls attending school and taking exams, which continues to entrench gender inequality in the country and puts thousands of teenage girls’ futures at risk, Amnesty International said today, a year on from its report on the issue. “The prohibition on visibly pregnant girls attending mainstream schools and taking exams is hopelessly misguided, and is doing nothing to address the root causes of Sierra Leone’s high teenage pregnancy rate, which surged during the devastating Ebola crisis, and remains high despite this ban,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

Date:
8 November 2016
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Death Penalty

Advocacy Toolkit on Abolition of the Death Penalty in West Africa

This toolkit is designed to assist activists working on the abolition of the death penalty in West Africa. Drawing on many years of Amnesty International’s work to promote all human rights and to oppose violations of those rights, it is intended to provide arguments, suggestions and practical tips for advocacy that activists can use to strengthen and broaden their work against the death penalty.

Date:
1 September 2016
Ref:
ACT 50/4209/2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

Sierra Leone: Amnesty International Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

This briefing sets out Amnesty International’s concerns regarding the State party’s failure to uphold the right to non-discrimination, the right to education, the right to information, the right to privacy, the right to be free from violence, the right to be free from inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment ) and the right to health with respect to the rights of girls in Sierra Leone.

Date:
15 August 2016
Ref:
AFR 51/4583/2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Children

Sierra Leone must protect and promote women and girls’ human rights, including to education and physical integrity

Amnesty International welcomes Sierra Leone’s steps towards abolishing the death penalty, including the current moratorium in place on executions and the commutation of several death sentences. However, Amnesty International is deeply disappointed at Sierra Leone’s rejection of recommendations aimed at protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls, including by prohibiting by law female genital mutilation and removing the measures that exclude pregnant girls from the educational system.

Date:
29 June 2016
Ref:
AFR 51/4353/2016
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  • Sierra Leone
  • Right to Health

Sierra Leone: Sign Bill Allowing Safe Abortions

Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, should sign into law a bill that would increase women’s access to safe and legal abortion, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in a letter they and five Sierra Leonean rights groups sent to President Koroma. In December 2015, the Sierra Leonean parliament overwhelmingly passed the Safe Abortion Act 2015, which would permit access to abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, after which it would be permitted until week 24 in cases of rape, incest, or health risk to the fetus or the woman or girl.

Date:
4 February 2016
  • Research
  • Estonia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Suggested recommendations to States considered in the 24th round of the Universal Periodic Review, 18-29 January 2016

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for the 14 states – Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Palau, Paraguay, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands and Somalia - that are coming up for review in the UPR Working Group session commencing 18 January 2016 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
8 December 2015
Ref:
IOR 40/3034/2015
  • Research
  • Sierra Leone
  • Unlawful Detention

Sierra Leone: Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, January - February 2016

This report is based on the submission prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sierra Leone taking place in January 2016. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations accepted by Sierra Leone in its previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the situation of human rights on the ground. Amnesty International remains concerned about continuing complaints of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees, arbitrary arrests, and excessive use of force by police.

Date:
20 November 2015
Ref:
AFR 51/2905/2015
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  • Sierra Leone
  • Discrimination

Sierra Leone: Pregnant schoolgirls excluded from school and banned from exams

Thousands of pregnant girls, excluded from mainstream schools and barred from sitting upcoming exams, risk being left behind as Sierra Leone moves forward from the Ebola crisis, Amnesty International said in a report published today. The report, Shamed and blamed: Pregnant girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone, reveals how the prohibition, confirmed by the government in April this year and sometimes enforced through humiliating physical checks, not only stigmatizes an estimated 10,000 girls but risks destroying their future life opportunities.

Date:
6 November 2015
  • Research
  • Sierra Leone
  • Women's Rights

Sierra Leone: Shamed and Blamed: Pregnant Girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone

In April 2015 the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology issued a statement banning pregnant girls from mainstream education. The exclusion of pregnant girls from mainstream education and from sitting exams is a violation of their right to education and a discriminatory measure which reinforces negative stereotypes about girls. Enforcement of the ban was immediate and was done through searches and physical examination of girls.

Date:
6 November 2015
Ref:
AFR 51/2695/2015
  • Research
  • Sierra Leone
  • Death Penalty

Sierra Leone : Shadow report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' rights 57th Ordinary Session

This shadow report contains background information in advance of the review of Sierra Leone’s first periodic report at the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This report focuses on key recent human rights issues of concern to Amnesty International relating to Sierra Leone’s implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in particular in relation to police use of arbitrary and excessive force, conditions in detention centres, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, abolition of the death penalty, right to education and discrimination against women and girls.

Date:
5 November 2015
Ref:
AFR 51/1478/2015