Sierra Leone's Parliament Votes to Abolish Death Penalty
"Today, I have fulfilled a governance pledge to permanently abolish the death penalty in Sierra Leone. I thank citizens, members of parliament, development partners, and rights groups that have steadfastly stood with us to make history", the Sierra Leonean leader wrote on Twitter.
Fantastic to see that the Sierra Leonean Parliament has voted to abolish the death penalty. Congratulations to @PresidentBio & the people of Sierra Leone on this important milestone. The UK will continue to support Sierra Leone in the promotion & protection of human rights 🇬🇧🇸🇱— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) July 23, 2021
Sierra Leone will be the 23rd African country putting an end to colonial-era death penalty laws. Malawi's Supreme Court ruled capital punishment unconstitutional in April, and Chad did the same last year.