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Help Prevent a School Girl from Spending Christmas in Police Detention

December 23rd, 2013 — 2:22pm

Fatmata is a young secondary school girl, around 18 years old, who is currently being held in police custody at Magburaka Police Station, Northern Sierra Leone. She has been held since 3 December 2013 without charge, way over the 10 day constitutional time limit.

 Fatmata was first arrested in February 2013 and charged with the murder of a relative. She was later detained in Magburaka Prison and represented by AdvocAid’s Makeni Duty Counsel, Benedict Jalloh. The Prosecution was unable to obtain an autopsy report on the Deceased and therefore could not proceed with their case. As a result, on 3 December 2013, Fatmata was discharged by Honourable Magistrate Gooding at Magburaka Magistrate Court. He held that the Prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case during the preliminary investigation stage.

 As soon as Fatmata left the court, thinking her ordeal had ended, she was re-arrested for the same offence and detained yet again in Magburaka Police Station. She is being detained whilst the Prosecution try and arrange for the necessary  autopsy report She has been detained for 20 days without charge, well over the 10 day constitutional time period, and it is not clear when or if she will be charged. It is challenging for AdvocAid to file a habeus corpus application as the High Court had gone on circuit to Port Loko and the Christmas period is approaching when the Courts do not sit.

 AdvocAid have been engaging the Magburaka Police, Makeni State Counsel, Director of Public Prosecutions, the Inspector General of Police  as well as the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone.

 We urge the Magburaka Police to discharge Fatmata or put her on bail given that they have exceeded the lawful detention time period and considering that the Magistrate discharged the case for lack of evidence. The Prosecution has had ample time to gather evidence in this matter and a young school girl should not suffer and have her rights violated because the Prosecution has failed to gather the necessary evidence.

 Fatmata’s life was suddenly stopped over 10 months ago when a close relative died. She has been in detention for over 10 months. We respectfully ask the Inspector General of Police and Director of Public Prosecutions to assist in ensuring that this young girl be freed and be reunited with her family for Christmas.  We encourage our fellow civil society activists to monitor the situation and intervene as appropriate.

AdvocAid is a civil society organization that provides access to justice and strengthened rights for girls and women in conflict with the law in Sierra Leone.

Head Office: 39 Upper Brook Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone,

www.advocaidsl.com

+232 33 572526

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Urgent Press Release: Unconstitutional Detention of Alleged Electoral Malpractice Suspects by Sierra Leone Police

November 22nd, 2012 — 8:26pm

We, the following civil society organisations, AdvocAid, Amnesty International, Centre for Accountability & Rule of Law (CARL), L.A.W.Y.E.RS (Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights & Social justice), and Prison Watch, strongly condemn the action of the Sierra Leone Police in detaining alleged election malpractice suspects beyond the 72 hours constitutional time limit prescribed in section 17(3) of the 1991 Constitution.

 

In particular, we would like to highlight the plight of 6 female suspects currently detained at the Criminal Investigation Department from about 1700 hours on Saturday 17th November 2012. Five of the female suspects were employed by NEC in various roles during the conduct of the elections. Of serious concern is the wellbeing of one of the detainees, who is a suckling mother of 17 month old twins. She has been denied access to her children since her arrest, which is a serious breach of the United Nations Minimum Standards on Detention of Female prisoners (known as the Bangkok Rules).
The Constitution provides that all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and that they must be brought speedily before a competent authority to adjudicate on their guilt or innocence should the Sierra Leone Police believe they have sufficient evidence to charge their matters to court.
 
We, therefore, call on the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General & Minister of Justice to immediately bring them before a competent court of law or release them on bail.
 
We are also calling on the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Christiana Thorpe, to speedily announce the results of the elections as all Law Enforcement and Security personnel are declining to comply with the rule of law and constitutional provisions due to the uncertainty being created by the delay in results being announced.
 
Finally, we are also calling on the international community to take note of these breaches of fundamental human rights during and after the electioneering period.
 
Signed
 
AdvocAid, Head Office: 39 Liverpool Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, advocaid@gmail.com/+232 33 572 526www.advocaidsl.com
 
Amnesty International, Freetown
 
Centre for Accountability & Rule of Law (CARL), 7 Percival Street,(3rd Floor), Freetown
 
L.A.W.Y.E.RS (Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights & Social justice), Head Office: 11 Percival Street, Freetown. Tel: 076 820291
 
Prison Watch, Mends Street, Freetown

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AdvocAid’s work featured in IRIN news report

November 21st, 2012 — 5:16am

AdvocAid’s work, particularly our recent research report on Women, Debt and Detention, was featured in an IRIN news report (below).

SIERRA LEONE: Women, debt and detention

Juveniles in a police cell in a Sierra Leone, where women are being detained for owing debt

FREETOWN, 11 October 2012 (IRIN) – Many Sierra Leonean women who are unable to repay small debts end up in prison for want of decent legal representation after their creditors report them to the police, meaning that civil disputes turn into criminal cases.

An estimated 10 percent of all charges issued by the Sierra Leonean police involve the failure to repay small debts.

The criminalization of debt upsets the livelihoods of the accused who are mostly petty traders. Their children at times are forced to live with them in detention and their incarceration often breaks up families and deepens poverty, said Advocaid, a Sierra Leonean civil society group helping women and children offenders.

Ignorance of legal rights and an outdated law contribute to the trend in which debt disputes turn into criminal cases. The crime of “fraudulent conversion” is based on Sierra Leone’s 1916 Larceny Act. The charge relates to a person’s inability to repay debts.

“Why are you serving a five-year prison sentence when you owe somebody just US$100,” Advocaid’s interim director Simitie Lavaly told IRIN. “By just providing a lawyer you can save someone’s life.”

In 2006 when Advocaid began offering help to women imprisoned for debt defaulting and other offences, there were 50 women in the main prison in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown unable to raise bail or afford legal representation, Lavaly said.

“The only reason these people were in prison is because they were poor and could not afford representation. There was no educated person in prison. All of these women are illiterate. Even now the majority of the women in the criminal justice system are illiterate. You are not there because you are a bad person, but because you cannot get legal representation.”

Poverty is widespread in Sierra Leone, which is recovering from a civil war that devastated its people and institutions. The judiciary is inadequately staffed, and has a big backlog of cases, Advocaid said.

Magistrates are overworked and under-trained, there are constant adjournments, missing case files, lack of transport for prisoners to and from court and a shortage of magistrates has created lengthy delays, Amnesty International said in its 2012 state of the world’s human rights report.

Many women have been arrested, detained or convicted because of debt issues, noted Advocaid. However, other common offences by Sierra Leonean women include murder, causing serious injury to someone – in many cases their husbands – and public disorder.

Poor understanding of the law

Poor understanding of court procedures and language barriers have resulted in many suspects inadvertently admitting guilt and getting convicted. A 19-year-old woman who spoke to IRIN said she was charged with murder after she accidentally stabbed her husband with a sharp object she was carrying when he fell on top of her while playing. She spent 18 months in a remand prison before her trial started, but was later acquitted.

“I am unhappy about the murder charge because I didn’t have any intention of killing my husband,” she said on condition of anonymity. “The police have to help. They didn’t investigate the case properly. One of the policemen told me that I killed my husband on purpose… I would have been put in jail and I would have been so frustrated and perhaps killed myself.”

Another ex-detainee, who requested not to be identified, told IRIN she was condemned to life in prison for murder after being accused of poisoning her co-wife’s son, but said she was falsely accused. With legal representation, her life sentence was reduced to eight years and she was later released on account of time served.

“The biggest challenge confronting the formal justice system is the public perception that it has been compromised by the executive and lacks independence,” said Ibrahim Tommy, director of the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, a Sierra Leonean activist group.

In addition, he explained that there are few state counsels, access to justice both physical – there are few courts and magistrates in a given region – and many cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Most of the country’s lawyers, estimated to be around 500, are in private practice or working for corporations and mainly based in Freetown.

The granting of bail, which is at the discretion of magistrates and judges, has been seen as unfair. In addition, some plaintiffs have been known to fail to turn up to court for hearings once the accused has been detained, thus dragging out cases and crowding prisons.

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Sierra Leonean Civil Society Organisations Denounce Executions in The Gambia

August 28th, 2012 — 5:45pm

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations based in Sierra Leone, strongly denounce the execution of 9 inmates on death row in The Gambia last week.

The executions represent a tragic setback to efforts at developing a human rights culture in the region, with the last execution in The Gambia taking place in 1985, according to The Gambian Government. This action also places The Gambia out of step with its fellow African Union states, the majority of which are abolitionist in law or practice.

The recent executions, and threats by President Jammeh of further executions, diminish any hope that the leadership of The Gambian is committed to abolishing the death penalty.

We welcome the Sierra Leonean Government’s official moratorium on executions which was issued last year, and call on the Government to take a stand against the use of the death penalty in the region by urging The Gambian Government to halt any further executions and commute prisoners on death row to terms of imprisonment. Such a call is in line with the African Union, United Nations and European Union’s stance.

The tragic example set by The Gambia last week also highlights the weakness of death penalty moratoriums. We, therefore, strongly urge the Government to consider the abolition of the death penalty in Sierra Leone, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 

AdvocAid

Amnesty International Sierra Leone

Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law

Prison Watch Sierra Leone

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Skills Based Training for Ex Prisoners: Jewellery Design

November 24th, 2011 — 11:27am

As part of our reintegration programme, we are offering skills based training to female ex prisoners. Our first course focused on jewellery design.

The women were offered a six week course to introduce them to the basics of jewellery design. The course was lead by Rikke Clevin Jensen, a Danish jewellery designer who trained at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, and Marisa Zawaki.

Since the course began in October 2011, the women have been busily producing necklaces, earrings and bracelets from locally sourced materials. We will be organising a sale in Freetown for the Christmas season. Details to come soon!

The aim of the jewellery design training is to not only help the ex prisoners reintegrate into society, but to provide them with unique skills and a sustainable business opportunity.

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AdvocAid participates in Committee on the Rights of the Child Discussion on Rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents

September 30th, 2011 — 1:56pm

Today the Committee on the Rights of the Child is exploring the rights of ‘children of incarcerated parents’ during its annual Day of Discussion held in Geneva, Switzerland. These children have committed no crime but are deeply affected by their parents’ involvement in the criminal justice system.

Alison Thompson (AdvocAid Director and author of an AdvocAid report on Children Living in Prison with a Parent) is currently in Geneva to contribute to these discussions.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM TURNED “PERPETRATOR” RELEASED

August 28th, 2011 — 1:54pm

Recently MW was discharged from the High Court presided over by Justice Browne-Marke after the Prosecution was left with no option but to enter no evidence against her in her trial for manslaughter.

 MW stood accused of the unlawful killing of her partner AK after they had a fight in which he ended up being stabbed and died of his injuries. At the trial the Prosecution could not produce any witnesses except for the investigating police officer. It appears AK’s family were unwilling to proceed with the matter as they felt the whole incident was an accident. The Law Officer’s Department did the noble thing and offered no evidence against her.

MW’s case highlights the growing trend of women who, after years of physical, mental and emotional abuse, eventually fight back against their abuser with tragic results.

MW dropped out of secondary school when she became pregnant with AK’s baby in 2008. After MW gave birth, AK started a relationship with another woman and neglected the vulnerable, young mother. MW’s concerns about AK’s behaviour were met with violence. One night in October 2009, MW had gone to meet AK at his girlfriend’s house and ask why he had left their 1 year 3 month old child unattended at home whilst he had encouraged her to attend a party elsewhere. He and the girlfriend allegedly beat her for coming over and when they were parted by a neighbour, AK followed MW to their house. He beat her all the way to the house which was situated in a prominent residential area of Freetown; most surprising of all, no one intervened to help her. At the home, AK proceeded to throw MW’s things out of their room; words were exchanged and shortly after the fight commenced that led to the fatal wounding when MW tried to protect herself in self-defence.

From the police station to the High Court, AdvocAid (a civil society organisation which works with women in conflict with the law) was able to provide legal advice and assistance to MW. In the Magistrates Court she was represented by the Bar Association Legal Aid scheme but in the High Court by AdvocAid’s Lawyer, Simitie Lavaly. In the High Court MW’s charge was reduced from murder to manslaughter.

MW is just one of many such women assisted by AdvocAid who have killed or seriously wounded their partners by accident after their men have left them for another woman and a fight ensues between them and the partner. Even though the police were sympathetic to MW’s plight, they felt compelled to charge her for murder as that is the policy in such scenarios. But in a surprise show of empathy, the police officer involved was very happy to see the matter discharged in the High Court and congratulated our lawyer and our client on the good result.

This sad story had a happy result for MW and AdvocAid and its partners are currently trying to assist MW to go back to school and to rebuild her fragile life, shattered by a tragic accident. However, in most instances such women would be facing the gallows after a conviction for murder which carries the mandatory death sentence. This case powerfully demonstrates that we cannot simplify women in conflict with the law as “perpetrators” and demonstrates that most often women who are trapped in the criminal justice system have suffered some form of abuse or vulnerability.

AdvocAid advises any woman who is in a relationship where she is being maltreated by her partner to report the matter immediately to the nearest Family Support Unit for police protection and assistance. If she is poor and cannot afford legal advice she can seek assistance from organisations such as L.A.W.Y.E.R.S, Timap for Justice or Access to Justice Makeni.

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AdvocAid’s Legal Officer profiled on UWE Alumni News

August 18th, 2011 — 3:51pm

AdvocAid’s Legal Officer, Simitie Lavaly, was recently profiled by the University of West England Alumni news.

We are proud that Simitie’s work is being recognised by her former university and hope she will inspire current students to use the law to transform lives.

You can read the article below:

Simitie Lavaly

Simitie Lavaly

Simitie Lavaly graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2004. After spending three years gaining work experience in the UK, she returned to Sierra Leone where her sought-after legal skills are transforming the lives of vulnerable women.

Chasing her dream

After leaving UWE in 2004, Simitie gained a broad perspective of the legal industry working as a Caseworker for The Law Society, investigating complaints made about against solicitors in almost every field of law.

Two years later, Simitie left her job to build on the skills she had gained at UWE. ‘I decided I wanted to return to Sierra Leone and pursue my dream of becoming a qualified lawyer, probably one of my proudest personal achievements to date’.

Climbing the legal ladder

And Simitie is right to be proud. Since qualifying as a lawyer, her legal career has gone from strength to strength. In 2008, she took up a position as a Legal Intern at the Special Court for Sierra Leone – mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. During this time she provided support for senior trial lawyers in the Charles Taylor Trial.

After her internship, Simitie took the natural next step in her legal career, completing her Pupillage with a top law firm in Sierra Leone. During this time, she provided legal advice, assistance and representation to clients in criminal and civil matters in the Magistrates Court and High Court.

Transforming Lives

Simitie now works as a Legal Officer for AdvocAid – a charitable organisation which strengthens access to justice, education and reintegration for female prisoners in Sierra Leone. Often, those she works to help are unable to afford legal representation and are detained in maximum-security for long periods of time.

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Small, small steps for all sisters in detention: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011

March 22nd, 2011 — 6:26pm

For many of us, a year can flash by in an instant. But that is not the case for those in prison. Building on the success of last year’s celebration of International Women’s Day, AdvocAid is once again using the day to highlight the plight of girls and women in Sierra Leone who live behind bars or who are at risk of coming into conflict with the law.

International Women’s Day, held on 8 March each year, is a day for all women, including those who live on the margins of society. Last year, for the first time in Sierra Leone, AdvocAid used the day to include women in prison. This year, AdvocAid will once again ensure that these women are included. But this time the organization will extend its efforts to include women in prison in the provinces as well as one group of vulnerable women who are at risk of finding themselves in prison – sex workers.

Like many of their sisters all over the world, Sierra Leonean women who get caught up in the legal system face significant barriers to accessing justice. Many are poor and illiterate thus understanding little of the system in which they find themselves and unable to afford legal representation. Other women, such as sex workers, experience stigmatization at being in prison and a consequent lack of support from their families and communities. The fate of guilty and innocent alike is often a matter of chance, dependent on whether they are lucky to be called before a magistrate who takes an interest in their case or held by a caring prison officer who ensures that the woman is not lost in the system. Once in jail, the particular needs of women spanning health and personal hygiene issues to childcare matters are often acute and insufficiently addressed. In a country such as Sierra Leone where there are many worthy demands for limited resources, the plight of these women is easy to forget. Days such as International Women’s Day are, therefore, crucial in reminding us of the importance of protecting and empowering all women to access justice and enjoy equality of opportunity.

Despite the difficulties which women in prison continue to face, “small, small” steps have been taken during the past year both at the international and national level to help improve the conditions in which they live. On 15 October 2010, the UN general Assembly approved the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders known as the “Bangkok Rules”. These rules are the first to set out specific UN standards for the treatment of women offenders, drawing attention to women’s particular needs. Sierra Leone took steps to improving the well-being of female prisoners in Freetown when the Special Court’s detention facility was turned over to the Prison Authorities, which they have decided to use for a new female detention facility now housing the majority of female prisoners. As many women in detention are pregnant or breast-feeding, accompanied by their young infants, this move out of the cramped conditions of the main prison to a new facility is welcomed. The Sierra Leonean Prison Service, including the considerable body of dedicated and professional female prison officers, are also to be applauded for their continuing efforts to improve conditions for female prisoners.

 

However, much remains to be done for women in detention in Sierra Leone, including: the reform of policy, legislation and practices in Sierra Leone that do not conform to universal human rights standards and improved assistance to the many female prisoners who are held in facilities up-country in Sierra Leone. In particular, it is hoped that the government will begin the process of working with stakeholders to disseminate information about the Bangkok Rules and reforming related policies and practices to increase protection for women in conflict with the law.

Throughout the month of March, AdvocAid will undertake various activities and trainings focusing on protecting women in conflict with the law across Sierra Leone. The hope is to bring greater awareness of and support to these women who are afforded such limited protection or attention. Some of the activities AdvocAid will be undertaking include welfare donations such as soap and other hygiene items to women in prison across Sierra Leone. Legal education classes will also be held in several prisons to ensure that women are aware of their basic rights and start to gain an understanding of the legal process in which they are involved. AdvocAid will also be participating in a legal and sexual health awareness training day for sex workers in collaboration with Christian Aid, Promotion of Reproductive, Sexual Health and HIV Education (PORSHE) and Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, Sierra Leone chapter (SWAASL).

With each year, progress continues to be made in improving the lives of girls and women throughout the world. AdvocAid is proud to play a role in the progress that Sierra Leone continues to make in ensuring that all women, including those in detention, are able to access their rights and participate as active members of their communities. Small, small steps after all are still steps in the right direction …

Photo: Sabrina Mahtani

Ex Prisoners at AdvocAid's Drop In Centre helping prepare welfare packs for their sisters still in detention

 

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Justice at Last: Longest Serving Woman on Death Row Released

March 10th, 2011 — 11:00pm

On Thursday March 3rd 2011, after 6 years on death row, MK was granted her freedom.  In a landmark decision by the Court of Appeal, her original criminal trial for murder was rendered a nullity and she was discharged.  The State has declined to re-prosecute the matter in light of the length of time MK has spent in prison: she was Sierra Leone’s longest serving female death row prisoner.

Background

MK was convicted by a jury of the murder of her step-daughter on 19th March 2005, having been arrested and detained since 26th May 2003, just a year after the end of Sierra Leone’s brutal 11 year civil war.  She was sentenced to death as the death penalty is still mandatory in Sierra Leone for the crime of murder, although there has been a de facto moratorium on executions since 1998.

MK’s story highlights many of the problems that Sierra Leoneans, particularly women, continue to face when they come into conflict with the law.  From her arrest until shortly before trial, MK received no legal advice or assistance.  Instead, this illiterate woman listened to and followed the advice of those she thought were trying to help her, including her husband, himself a suspect in the child’s murder.  The result was that an exhausted and terrified woman, who was also pregnant at the time, thumb printed the confession which was later used against her at trial.  While detained, MK suffered a miscarriage and lost her baby.

It was not until 2005, at the commencement of the trial, that the State provided MK with a lawyer.  But this overworked lawyer who agreed to take on the case as a State-sponsored brief was only able to meet with MK three times, with each meeting lasting no more than 15 minutes.  Unsurprisingly, MK’s defence failed and she was found guilty and sentenced to death.

Following the trial, MK’s plight was again hindered by the many problems which continue to plague Sierra Leone’s post-war legal system.  MK had no lawyer with knowledge, time or resources to file an appeal against her conviction within the stipulated 21-day time limit.  MK therefore had to rely on the state-provided Prison Welfare Officer to file the appeal 10 months after her conviction. The charitable legal assistance she received several months later made slow progress as significant time was spent simply trying to locate MK’s case file.  When MK’s appeal finally came before the Court of Appeal in October 2008 it was rejected on a technicality as it was found to be too late; however the ruling was never drawn up by the Court of Appeal registry.  The 21 day time period within which appeals must be filed cannot be extended for those who are condemned to death thereby restricting the right of appeal for those sentenced to the most severe sentence of all.

Despite this set back, AdvocAid continued to pursue justice for MK, and in November 2010 her matter was amazingly put back on the court listings and the Court of Appeal agreed to hear the case due to the important human rights issues it raised.  Thus, last Thursday, the landmark decision releasing MK was rendered by Justices N. D. Browne-Marke, V. Solomon and A. Fofanah.  The Court agreed with MK’s counsels’ submissions that the various procedural irregularities highlighted in the trial were fundamental and therefore rendered the trial a nullity.  The Court deferred issuing its considered judgment to a future date as the case raises important issues which will serve as guidelines for the future prosecution of similar cases.  The case is a positive step forward in Sierra Leone’s legal history demonstrating the importance and recognition the judiciary accords to human rights standards.  The previous absence of judicial activism in the face of state tyranny and human rights abuses was noted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report in 2005.

When the verdict was passed, MK cried tears of relief and joy and tightly hugged her counsel.  She told AdvocAid that she had been fasting and praying for three days before the hearing and that after all the hurdles and setbacks, she could not believe that this day had finally come.  When she was arrested in 2003 she had to leave her one and a half year old daughter with her mother.  MK has only seen her daughter once in the eight years she has been in prison but on that occasion her daughter did not recognise her.  MK says the visit broke her heart.  Now, she cannot wait to be reunited with her child again and to rebuild the broken relationship.

MK (right of photo) greeted by an ex prisoner at AdvocAid's drop in centre

 

The decision in MK’s case is the culmination of years of work by many dedicated individuals and organisations.  AdvocAid would like to extend sincere thanks to the following:

  • The lawyer who handled the matter, Kotor-Kamara Esq and AdvocAid’s Legal Officer, Simitie Lavaly Esq, who acted as Junior Counsel.
  • The following donors for their generous support of AdvocAid: the British High Commission, Mama Cash, Garden Court Chambers and the Canadian Government via the Canada Fund;
  • The Death Penalty Project and Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales for their legal support;
  • L.A.W.Y.E.R.S organisation for starting the initial appeal process and for its invaluable collaboration and assistance in this case;
  • The Sierra Leone Prison Service for facilitating AdvocAid’s access and work over the years;
  • Members of the media who published AdvocAid articles highlighting the plight of the women on death row women, including that of MK.

After 8 years in prison, the next challenge in MK’s story involves the daunting process of reintegrating into life outside prison walls.  MK was an active student in EducAid/ AdvocAid’s literacy classes in prison and has achieved basic literacy and numeracy skills.  MK has told AdvocAid that she wants to continue her education but more importantly she wants to start a small business in order to provide herself and her family with an income.  AdvocAid will work closely with MK to provide this vital post-prison support and also to provide after-care services, as it does with many other women in a similar situation upon release from prison.

AdvocAid is urgently in need of funds to continue its crucial legal aid work and reintegration support activities.  For those who would like to donate to the work of AdvocAid, please contact AdvocAid via email at advocaid@gmail.com or AdvocAid’s Facebook page.  Funds can also be donated on-line at our website http://www.advocaidsl.com/ or via Just Giving www.justgiving.com/advocaid.

 

This press release was reprinted free of charge in several Sierra Leonean newspapers including Standard Times and Cocorioko.

Photo: MK (right of photo) greeted by an ex prisoner who had come to welcome her at AdvocAid’s Office (photo © AdvocAid 2011)

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