OCTOBER 10, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
As the world commemorates the death penalty today, the Mano River Union Youth Parliament (MRUYP) has urged the government of Sierra Leone to repeal the death penalty in the country’s law books.
MRUYP is a member of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty and is calling on the Sierra Leone Bar Association, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and human rights organizations to urge appropriate government authorities “to put an end to the inhuman act of capital punishment”.
According to MRUYP Administrative Officer, Komrabai Dumbuya, hundreds of innocent people have suffered as a result of the death penalty. He said they are very concerned about the fact that the death penalty is still in the law books of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
Dumbuya further noted that no state should have the power to take a person’s life and that no justice system is immune from judicial error as innocent people are likely to be sentenced to death, noting that the death penalty does not keep society safe.
“The death penalty is discriminatory and is often used disproportionately against people who are poor, mentally ill, and from racial and ethnic minorities. It also inflicts pain on the families of people on death row and causes great pain to the family members who have been executed,” he said.