Death Penalty in Liberia - When will it be abolished?

Message from the President

The FIACAT and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty set up a joint program in 2015 to increase mobilization for the abolition of the death penalty in Africa. The aim of this program is to strengthen the capacities of the FIACAT and World Coalition’s members, encourage African Union Member States to make commitments to abolish the death penalty and raise public awareness of the benefits of the abolition.

In this context, the FIACAT and ACAT Liberia organized an awareness-raising workshop on 17 and 18 September 2019 in Monrovia (Liberia) for 30 participants: Muslim and Christian religious leaders, traditional chiefs, members of civil society organizations, journalists, members of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) and parliamentarians. This workshop resulted in the production of this publication to raise awareness among opinion leaders on the abolition of the death penalty in Liberia, considering the specific characteristics and needs of the country.

To follow up on this workshop and encourage the Liberian authorities to move towards the abolition of the death penalty, the FIACAT and ACAT Liberia conduct a series of advocacy and follow-up missions with diplomatic missions and government functionaries to raise awareness among Liberian political decisionmakers so that Liberia can ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR to which it acceded in September 2005 and amend its laws to abolish the death penalty, as well as to undertake to support the draft Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the abolition of the death penalty in Africa.

ACAT Liberia and the FIACAT would like to take the opportunity of this publication to thank the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxemburg for their support in the implementation of these activities.


Dale Nikke Tokpah

President of the ACAT Liberia