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Sierra Leone President Koroma accepts award of Abolitionist of the Year for 2012... as he gets internationally honoured for not believing in the Death Penalty
By STATE HOUSE MEDIA
Oct 11, 2012, 17:16
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We welcome this esteemed delegation of the Hands Off Cain organization to our country. You have come at a very interesting time; people everywhere in the country are being mobilized to choose those who will govern the nation for the next five years. These are times when the people ask important questions about the government, and about those who want to be elected into government. Some of these questions are outrightly about life and death. Are our lives safe in the hands of the countrys leadership? Will there be extra-judicial deaths at the hands of agents of the state? Are there instances when those aspiring to lead government put an end to the lives of Sierra Leoneans? Will the leadership of the state use the institutions of the state to execute people?                                           

 

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Statement by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma On the Occasion of the Presentation to him of the Internationally acclaimed:

Abolitionist of the Year 2012 Award

 By the Hands Off Cain (http://www.handsoffcain.info/)

 

October 10, 2012: We welcome this esteemed delegation of the Hands Off Cain organization to our country. You have come at a very interesting time; people everywhere in the country are being mobilized to choose those who will govern the nation for the next five years. These are times when the people ask important questions about the government, and about those who want to be elected into government. Some of these questions are outrightly about life and death.

 

Are our lives safe in the hands of the countrys leadership? Will there be extra-judicial deaths at the hands of agents of the state? Are there instances when those aspiring to lead government put an end to the lives of Sierra Leoneans? Will the leadership of the state use the institutions of the state to execute people?

 

My own leadership of the country in the last five years has answered these questions: There have been no capital punishments; we commuted the death sentences of people on death row during our Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations in 2011; the lives of our people are safe in our hands.

 

You have come here to honor us for answering these questions, you have come here to recognize our efforts; and for practically demonstrating our commitments. The last two executions carried out in the country were of 24 persons in 1998, and 29 persons in 1992. These were the largest number of executions carried out on a single day by any government. Sierra Leoneans are still reeling from those largest numbers of executions carried out on a single day by agents of the state. Sierra Leoneans dont want a repeat of state sanctioned executions.

 

Sierra Leoneans dont want a return to those days. My Governments commitments reflect these aspirations of our people.

 

On September 13, 2011, My Government accepted in principle, and subject to constitutional review fifteen resolutions calling to abolish the death penalty. We have already made a commitment on putting the question of the abolition of the death penalty on the legislative agenda of government. The Constitutional Review process will be resumed after the elections, and its recommendation on the abolition of the death penalty will be very integral to our program for defending, protecting and promoting human rights.

 

It is now my honor, on behalf of the people of this country, to accept The Abolitionist of the Year Award 2012.

 

God Bless Us all.

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http://www.handsoffcain.info/news/index.php?iddocumento=16310888


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