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AdvocAid Case Study

This case study looks at AdvocAid’s life-changing work in relation to the death penalty. AdvocAid supports women in Sierra Leone that have been detained or imprisoned, providing them with free legal advice, representation, education and welfare support as well as post prison support.

When AdvocAid was formed in 2006, the death penalty was still part of Sierra Leone’s constitution and five women were sentenced on death row. AdvocAid has represented all five of these women, with four being rightfully released and the last still having her appeal heard. Scores of women have fallen afoul of the law because of poverty, illiteracy, or just misfortune, as this case study demonstrates.

Thanks to the campaigning of AdvocAid and its partners, the country is a de facto abolitionist one and the government confirmed to the United Nations in 2014 its commitment to abolish the death penalty through legislation (delayed due to the Ebola crisis).


Uploaded on: Sep 22, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2017
Year Published: 2015
Author: Joanna Howarth

Resource Tags

Resource Type: Namati Publications, Practitioner Resources Issues: Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights Tool Type: Case Study, Training Resources & Popular Education Languages: English Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa