Gambia – A Gambian human rights expert has woken up to the appalling human rights realities in Gambia, saying that the situation is no longer funny.

Should the situation remain unchanged, the advocate said during a Freedom interview that it would seriously affect the development of the tiny West African nation.

In his words, “Looking around, we see a number of situations in which Gambians suffered horrendous abuses, the latest of which is Sheriff Dibba who died in the hands of the police.

“The international community is becoming more and more appalled at the alarming disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law by the government of Gambia. Impunity is pervasive while accountability is distant.”

The expert who works for a human rights organisation explained that the situation in Gambia South is deeply troubling.

He said: “Many have spoken of the need to instil a culture of courage to ensure that respect for human rights and international humanitarian law does not succumb to other considerations.

“Gambia government purports to uphold and respect the highest standards of human rights, yet there is damning proof of its contempt for human rights and for human rights activism.

It also shatters the illusion that they have anything more than the scantest respect for international human rights law and the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.”

  Written By A Correspondent 

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