3 June 2016
Amnesty International has unequivocally stated that The Gambia should be suspended from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, unless it frees the dozens of political prisoners known to be held and ends its brutal crackdown on freedom of expression.
In a 58-page report, Dangerous to Dissent: human rights under threat in Gambia, launched two days before ECOWAS and the Gambian government are due to meet in the Senegal, Amnesty International documents how Gambia’s opposition politicians, journalists, and human rights activists have all been arbitrarily arrested and harassed.
Recently, Solo Sandeng, an active member of the opposition party, died in custody after being tortured. Speaking on the incident, President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh said:
“People die in custody or during interrogations, it’s really common. This time, there is only one dead and they want investigations? No one can tell me what to do in my country.”