Sierra Leone: A force for good? Restrictions on peaceful assembly and impunity for excessive use of force by the Sierra Leone police
Over the past 10 years, peaceful protests have regularly been refused permission in Sierra Leone, particularly those organized by opposition political parties or critical civil society groups. In some cases, criminal sanctions have been employed against people simply for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Thirty-nine people are currently on trial for taking part in protests in 2016 and 2015.