Ernest Koroma’s Human Rights Abuses.

Press Release By AdvocAid, CARL, AISL, PWSL….

On 24 October 2014 His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma signed an Executive Detention Order against 34 people using his powers under the State of Emergency. To date 2 women and 6 men remain detained in the Freetown Female Correctional Centre and Pademba Road Male Prison respectively; they have no warrants or documentation supporting their detention in prison and therefore no date when they will be released.

They will remain so detained until it pleases His Excellency to order their release. The police have stated they believe they have no obligation to investigate the matter or charge these individuals because it is an Executive order. Their arrests relate to an alleged riot that took place in Kono in October 2014 over a contested Ebola burial.

Two persons were also allegedly shot dead by police officers during the same incident but to date no one has been arrested for those killings, even though police investigations are reportedly ongoing.

All detainees have now spent over two months and three weeks in custody following their arrests in Kono on 27 October 2014.

 Signed:

  • AdvocAid, 39 Brook Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Tel: +232 76 774710. Email: advocaid@gmail.com  
  • Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, Brook Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Tel: +232 76 365499. Email: Ibrahim.tommy@gmail.com 
  • Amnesty International Sierra Leone, 42 Williams Street, Off Dundas Street, Freetown. Tel: +232 76 680213. Email: amnestysl@gmail.com  
  • Prison Watch Sierra Leone, Gabriel Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Tel: +232 76 680532. Email: prisonwatchsl@gmail.com