The International Community has been put on notice about the situation in The Gambia with unprecedented diplomatic action by the United Kingdom at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The British Permanent Mission and Ambassador to the UN Mathew Rycroft recently engage the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other Permanent Representatives in New York drawing attention to political and human rights situation in The Gambia according to the UK Government.
Responding to the concerns of the Campaign for Human Rights in The Gambia UK(CHRG) through Rt Hon Tom Brake MP, former deputy leader of the House of Commons(Parliament),the UK government in a letter said its UN Representative has been in contact with the Secretary General about the situation in The West Africa Country “The UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations raised his concerns with the United Nations Secretary General and other Permanent Representatives based in New York,we also continue to liase closely with our international partners about the situation in The Gambia”
The government also revealed that its in close contact with the UN Secretary General`s Representative for West Africa about the situation in Gambia.
The letter continued “The UK fully endorsed the statement of the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide on June 10,in which he condemned the use of inflammatory rhetoric and called for the rights of all population of the Gambia to be respected. We share the Campaign`s concerns about the speech made by President Jammeh at a political rally on June 3,We and our partners will continue to monitor the situation closely particularly the protection accorded to different ethnic groups”
Meanwhile more than 30 British MPs have signed a Motion in Parliament condemning the government of President Yahya jammeh and called on the UK government to lead an international effort to impose punitive measures on President Jammeh and leading members of his government. The Motion further calls for a Special Rapporteur on The Gambia at the UN Human Rights Council.
A copy of the Motion tabled by Scottish National Party MP Anne McLaughlin follows belowhttp://www.parliament.uk/edm/
Alieu Badara Ceesay of CHRG UK called on the International Community to prioritise the situation in The Gambia to end this wave of terror that has swept the Gambia since 1994.More must be done urgently through punitive measures such as travel bans and asset freeze in order to put an end to President Jammeh`s oppression against Gambian people. We will continue to work with the UK government to secure a resolution at the UN about the situation in Gambia.
Written By Alieu Badara Ceesay
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