Victims Center to gov’t: Maintain appropriate human rights standard when dealing with detainees

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations have urged Gambia government to ensure that it maintains the appropriate human rights standards when dealing with those who were arrested and detained during a Sunday clash between the pressure group, 3 Years Jotna and the police.

The human rights group said in a statement that it is gravely concerned about the violence that occurred from the Sunday anti-government protest leading to several casualties and arrests, including journalists.

The pressure group has been calling on President Adama Barrow to honour the three years mandate agreement he had with Coalition 2016 leaders and step down for a fresh election.

They were granted permit last year to conduct a peaceful procession in which they presented a petition to the government through its spokesperson.

“It has come to our attention that several protesters and journalists were arrested and detained, two radio stations namely king FM in Tallinding and Home Digital FM in Brikama are also shut down. Thus, considering current events, we urge the government to maintain the appropriate human rights standards when dealing with those arrested and detained,” the center said.

It said while it recognizes the efforts that are being made by the government in trying to build a democratic Gambia, one which is free of Human Rights violations and where the rights of all persons are respected and protected, it urge the government to continue making the necessary reforms to ensure that the atrocities that occurred in the Jammeh Regime do not happen again.

During the protest, two radio stations were closed by the government for what it called their action to incite violence. Four journalists were also arrested but they were released on Tuesday.

The center called on the government to reconsider opening the two radio stations -King FM and Digital FM- which have been shut down. “We also urge the government of The Gambia to respect its local and international human rights obligations.”

The Center said it will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds, and will continue to work with relevant partners to facilitate justice for victims, through national, regional and international mechanisms to ensure that we live in a Gambia that is democratic, and which is respectful and protective of the Human Rights of all persons.

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