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The Gambia is witnessing encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, but must involve families fully in the process, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today.
“We welcome the commitments made by the Government of The Gambia to embark on comprehensive reforms, including measures to ensure truth, justice and reparation for victims, as well as prevent any recurrence of disappearances in the future,” said the Group’s Chair Houria Es-Slami and fellow delegation member Henrikas Mickevicius at the end of an official visit* to the country
The experts said they had heard “deeply saddening” stories first-hand from the families of some of those who had disappeared.
“We reaffirm our solidarity with all the victims and their relatives,” the experts said. “Their continued suffering is living proof that enforced disappearance is a continuous crime and a permanent violation of their human rights until the fate or whereabouts of the victim is clarified. (more…)
Mai Ahmad Fatty, the minister of interior in The Gambia, has refuted the false report on Foroyaa Communist newspaper that he has imposed curfew in Kanilai in Foni Kansala district. This false report came in after supporters of former dictator, Yahya Jammeh, rioted against the presence of West African peace keeping forces deployed in the area, which left one person died as a result. Below is the short statement of the Interior minister in refuting Foroyaa’s report that there is a curfew in the area (more…)