Gambia Accuses, Arrests 26 Since Coup Attempt
Since the December 30, 2014 coup attempt in the Gambia, authorities have arrested 26 people accused of being associated with the alleged coup plotters. In light of the release of detainees in advance of the visit by the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Reports that detainees have been released ahead of the Special Representative’s visit points towards the Gambian government having little, if any, probable cause for detaining them in the first place,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. “The release should not deter the UN from confronting the Jammeh regime about arbitrary arrests and repression. UN Special Representative Ibn Chambas should demand the Gambian government immediately stop its reign of terror on its citizens and conduct transparent investigations into the coup, in accordance with international human rights standards.”
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