The Assistant Program Assistant of Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL), Otis Koon, attended a training sessions in Dare’salam, Tanzania, at the Best Western Plus Hotel on April 17-18, 2016. The training was organized by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The training centered around advocacy on death penalty abolition in sub-Saharan Africa. The training is also part of a project to increase mobilization on the abolition of the death penalty in Africa in partnership with Ditshwanelo, FIACAT, FIDH and the world Coalition Against the death penalty with funding support from the AFD and the European Delegation in Addis Ababa.
The training brought together twenty four (24) participants from three regions in Africa, to be specific West Africa, Central Africa and East Africa. The training opened with introduction and welcome remarks by the world coalition Against the Death Penalty secretariat. This was followed by an overview of the death penalty campaign in Africa, by Fulgence Massawe of the Legal Human Centre in Tanzania. Mr. Massawe gave the brief history of the campaign along with the international legal principles and human rights law.
On day two (2) of the training, RAL Assistant Program Assistant, (Otis Koon) presented on the existing campaigns on the abolition of the death penalty in Liberia; challenges and opportunities. He makes participants to understand the challenges and opportunities faced in the process of the campaign against death penalty.