One of The Gambia’s human rights defenders Madi Jobarteh has urged the Gambia government to release 15 protesters who were arrested few days ago immediately without delay.
The protesters were calling for President Adama Barrow to respect his campaign promise that if elected, he would serve only for 3 years and step to organise a fresh presidential election in which he would not participate.
The protesters were charged and dragged to court. Mr Jobarteh, the West Minster Foundation’s Country representative has called for their immediate release.
Below is his message to the Gambia Government.
FREE 3 YEARS JOTNA PROTESTERS! NOW!!
President Adama Barrow and his Coalition Partners stated in his 2016 Manifesto that,
“The Public Order Act gives too much power to the Inspector General of Police and does fetter freedom of association and assembly. The Coalition Government will repeal any provision in the Public Order Act which is not reasonable and justifiable in a democratic society such as those which hinder peaceful procession to highlight public grievances which are the main tool for exercising civil society oversight over the governance process.”
Yet 2 years down the line President Barrow and his Coalition has failed to repeal those draconian provisions but continue to deny, arrest, detain and persecute Gambian Citizens for exercising their right to freedom of assembly and association.
Free 3 Years Jotna Protesters!
NO TO ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS! NO TO IMPUNITY!
cc: International Community