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PRESS RELEASE: AdvocAid and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S Celebrate the Release of Women Granted Presidential Pardon on Independence Day 2011
By Augustine Samba
May 16, 2011, 12:22
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12 May 2011


As we celebrate Sierra Leones 50 years of Independence, AdvocAid and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S also celebrate the Presidents pardon of four women who were released from prisons across the country on 27 April 2011. On behalf of these poor, illiterate women we wish to say thank you to His Excellency the President for exercising his prerogative of mercy and for enabling them to celebrate the Jubilee as free women.


AdvocAid and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S have been campaigning since 2009 for the women on death row to receive Presidential pardon and have also highlighted cases of other vulnerable women whose cases deserve to be reviewed by the Mercy Committee.

Ami, the day before Independence Day. Photo Tom Bradley www.tom-bradley.com


AdvocAid assisted all four of the pardoned women during their years in prison. For Mama Sia, the oldest person on death row, AdvocAid lodged an appeal against her murder conviction; the appeal was ongoing at the time of her release. For Ami, a gravely ill woman who was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of cannabis, AdvocAid had been searching for over 2 years to obtain her court file in order to lodge her appeal against conviction. AdvocAid also ensured that she received appropriate medical treatment. For Rugi and Fanta, AdvocAid provided humanitarian assistance, literacy classes and legal education. On Independence Day, AdvocAid was at the Freetown Female Prison to welcome them to their new lives as free citizens and to provide critical assistance to these women who had no resources with which to travel back to their communities, some as far as Kono. AdvocAid also provided temporary accommodation and feeding for the women who were not able to make the journey immediately. These women have asked AdvocAid and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S to thank His Excellency the President, the Vice President, the Mercy Committee and the Sierra Leone Prison Service for their various contributions in ensuring their freedom. 

 

AdvocAid, and organization which supports justice, education and reintegration for girls and women in conflict with the law, now wishes to continue to support the pardoned women in order to ease their transition back into civilian life, but desperately needs your support to continue this work. 

In this year of Jubilee, AdvocAid and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S ask everyone to join with them to seek justice that is efficient and fair for the people of Sierra Leone during the next 50 years.

 

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