A Benefit Night for the Scottish Campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia is being held on Friday December 7th in Govanhill Baths - 99 Calder Street Govanhill G42 7RA.
Doors open at 7.45 pm and cost is 5 pounds waged and 2 pounds unwaged which can be paid at the door.
Featuring Sheboom, Eddie + Ninian, Willie Sinclair, Scratchy Noises and speakers from the campaign. There will also be a raffle.
A report on disappearances without trace and detention without trial. http://www.foroyaa.gm/index.php/burning-issues/11756-disappearance-without-trace-and-detention-without-trial
Soldiers at Kudang Camp beat a village youth.
Death threats towards a Gambian journalist.
Ex Minister arrested.
Attempted jailbreak at Mile Two.
Amnesty International expresses concern over supreme court ruling.
Apologies for the lack of updates. Please read the following links for the latest news from The Gambia.
Gambia must drop charges against journalists: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/gambia-must-drop-charges-against-journalists-over-executions-demo-2012-09-11
Gambia Press Union urges reversal on newspaper shut down: http://commonwealthjournalists.org/gambia-press-union-urges-reversal-on-newspapers-shut-down/
Ex Information Minister seeks to end dictatorship in Gambia: http://www.jollofnews.com/20120927ex-information-minister-seeks-to-end-dictatorship-in-gambia.html
British High Commission expresses concern over refusal of access to Supreme Court: http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/british-high-commission-expresses-deep-concern-over-refusal-of-access-to-supreme-court
British army commence training course for Gambian army: http://observer.gm/africa/gambia/article/gaf-rgr-to-start-joint-military-exercise-today
See the following report from Amnesty International:
Amnesty International has received credible reports that nine persons were executed last night in Gambia, and that more persons are under threat of imminent executions today and in the coming days.
According to reliable sources nine persons, including one woman, were removed from their prison cells last night and executed. Two of those said to have been executed are supposed to have been Senegalese.
In Gambia, capital punishment can be imposed for murder and treason. Three of the reportedly executed have been sentenced for treason.
“The decision of the Gambian president Yahya Jammeh to execute nine prisoners after more than a quarter of a century without execution would be a giant leap backwards”, said Paule Rigaud, Amnesty International’s Africa deputy director.
“If confirmed the reported executions are a hugely retrograde step – they would bring The Gambia back into the minority of countries which are still executing, and we are urging the authorities to immediately halt any further possible executions” said Rigaud.
The last execution in the country took place in 1985, 27 years ago. Amnesty International had classified Gambia as abolitionist in practice, and therefore as one of the more than two thirds of states worldwide which have abolished the death penalty either in law or practice.
In Africa, 22 of the 54 member states of the African Union are abolitionist in practice, and 16 are abolitionist in law for all crimes.
On both 19 and 20 August, in a television address broadcast to mark the Muslim feast of Eid-al-Fitrt, President Jammeh had announced to the nation that by the middle of September all existing death sentences would be “carried out to the letter”.
According to The Gambian government, there were 42 men and two women on death row as of 31 December 2011, 13 of whom had been sentenced during that year. This year, three men have reportedly also received the death sentence, making a total of 47 people currently on death row.
“President Jammeh should establish an immediate moratorium on the death penalty, in line with resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” said Rigaud.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
For more information please call Amnesty International's press office in London, UK, on
+44 20 7413 5566 email: firstname.lastname@example.org twitter: @amnestypress International Secretariat, Amnesty International, 1 Easton St., London WC1X 0DW, UK
Micheal Ucheh Thomas was jailed in January this year for the printing and distributing of t shirts bearing the slogan "end dictatorship now". It has been confirmed that he died while receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul.
We express our deepest sympathies to Micheal U Thomas' family and friends at this tragic time.
Taranga FM studios were stormed by the Gambian NIA and forced off air last week without providing any information as to why this was taking place, it was instead explained as "directives from above". The NIA took the station's license and all contact information for its board members.
Ahead of the Presidential elections last year the radio station was asked to halt its news review program. This show gained a lot of interest from the mainly illiterate public. It is believed that the closure could be due to their weekly talk show which features both the ruling and opposition parties. Last Sunday the opposition leader Omar Jallow had commented that Yahya Jammeh had a worse human rights record than his predecessor.
The Carnegie Mineral Company have filed a lawsuit against the government claiming a breach of contract on the side of the Gambian government. A UK dispute resolution court is hearing the case. The country have hired French lawyers to represent them.
A senior member of the opposition party, People's Democratic Organisation for Independance and Socialism, Sidia Jatta, has told that Jammeh came into power in a coup d'etat, imposing himself on the country and the Gambian people should not be celebrating his anniversary. He also says that since his coming of power poverty has increased and the standard of healthcare and education is very poor.
The Gambia Moral Congress party are leading enquiries into tampering of the Gambian constitution by the government of Yahya Jammeh. It is their belief that some provisions have been inserted into the 1997 constitution surreptitiously over a period of time and reprinted as if they had been part of the original. The party intend to investigate by looking at the original copy of the constitution but have as yet been unable to obtain a copy of the original at any of the government establishments that ought to have a copy.
Mariama Colley, the wife of Alfusainey Jammeh, urges the high court in Banjul to release her husband who has been under detention for 6 years. She wrote a statement read out by her defense lawyer Moses Richards explaining the trauma and hardship her and her young children have suffered as a result of her husband's detention. Her statement highlighted that he has not been informed of the reason of his arrest nor brought before a court of law. The state counsel has replied that they require more time, and the judge has given them permission to reply on the point of law.