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U.S. Ignored Human Rights Abuses Until LGBT People Were Under Assault, Say Gambian Activists

"All of sudden they arrest these 15 gays and lesbians, and we're seeing really what seems to be a firestorm."

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Gambian human rights activists said Thursday that they hope that a surge in interest around a crackdown on LGBT rights in the small West African country will finally spur action from the U.S. government they say has long turned a blind eye to dozens of human rights abuses during President Yahya Jammeh's 20-year rule.

"In all these years of efforts to go to the state department, going to all these different levels in the U.S. government lobbying and lobbying for them to do something about the Gambia, we haven't been having any traction at all," said Banka Manneh of Civil Society Associations Gambia, who was one of three activists who participated in a Thursday roundtable organized by the RFK Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C. He held up a 10-page list of names of individuals executed, disappeared, or forced into exile under Jammeh's regime as he spoke. "All of sudden they arrest these 15 gays and lesbians, and we're seeing really what seems to be a firestorm."

Since early November, at least 15 people alleged to be LGBT have been arrested by Gambian authorities, according to the activists, and at least eight more have fled the country. Jammeh has made several remarks encouraging violence toward LGBT people, and the activists fear those arrested may be tortured or executed, given his past behavior.

The anti-LGBT campaign — which was foreshadowed with the passage of an "aggravated homosexuality" law closely modeled on Uganda's infamous "Anti-Homosexuality Act" in August — has caused a surge in international coverage for the country that is home to around 2 million people. Even the conference organizer, the RFK Center's Jeffrey Smith, expressed surprise that the conference room was filled, because activists have long been unsuccessful in generating interest in Washington about the abuses of one of Africa's most unpredictable dictators.

Fatou Camara, who briefly served as Jammeh's press secretary and now is an opposition activist living in the United States, said it was "long overdue to bring the attention of the world to the plight of Gambians living under the brutal dictatorship of Jammeh" who has been "killing of people with reckless abandon" for two decades.

Camara, who suffered a concussion when assaulted by Jammeh's security detail during a protest against his visit to Washington for an African leaders summit organized by the White House in August, criticized the Obama administration for sending mixed signals about its position on Jammeh's human rights record.

The activists said the European Union has imposed some sanctions in response to human rights concerns, but the U.S. government has not taken any public actions even following the disappearance of two American citizens believed to have been abducted by Jammeh's security forces in 2013, or when 14 students were gunned down for protesting the rape of a classmate by security police in a notorious 2000 incident. The activists called for the U.S. to take steps including banning visas and freezing assets of people close to Jammeh.

"What we are hoping is that this could be a catalyst. Maybe this could be a wake up call," Manneh said. "Maybe [U.S. officials have] been asleep all this time. ... If this serves that purpose, that would be awesome because then it benefits the LGBT community and the regular Gambians."

Following a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan issued a statement that said, "We remain concerned about ongoing reports of forced disappearances and arbitrary arrests, including of journalists, human rights advocates, and civil servants, as well as continued calls by senior officials for the persecution of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. We remain deeply disappointed in the Gambian government's failure to investigate the disappearance of two U.S. citizens missing since June 2013."

Meehan did not comment on whether asset freezes and travel bans might be imposed on Gambian officials as were imposed on Ugandan officials following passage of its anti-LGBT legislation, but said, "Protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms is a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy, and we will be guided by these values as we respond to these negative developments in The Gambia."

But mounting a campaign against Jammeh based on his attack on LGBT rights carries risks for human rights activists, the Gambians said. "Being gay in the Gambia ... is not popular," Manneh said. The activists contend that Jammeh "manufactured" a confrontation with the international community over LGBT rights in part to win popular support for his brutal regime at home.

"Jammeh is couching the entire debate [with the international community] on the issue of ... gay rights, that Western countries want to impose that," said Amadou Scattred Janneh, a former Gambian Minister of Information who was sentenced to life in prison for treason after distributing T-shirts with the slogan "End Dictatorship Now." "We have to play a balancing act ... making sure that we don't lose focus on the overall human rights situation in the country."

This is the 10-page list of executions, disappearances, and other human rights abuses under Jammeh's rule compiled by Gambian human rights activists, which they say is only a partial list.

List Of Yahya Jammeh's Human Rights Violation Prisoners executed in Mile 2 Prisons August 23, 2012:

1. Lamin B. Darboe

2. Alieu Bah

3. Lamin Jarju

4. Dawda Bojang 5. Malang Sonko

7. Lamin F Jammeh

8. Gibril Bah (Senegalese)

9. Tabara Samba, raped multiple times before her execution (Senegalese, female)

Gambians recently murdered on orders of Yahya Jammeh:

Abdoulie Colley, Abuko Village

Musa Badjie, collapsed and died in Mile 2 Prison, August 25, 2012 Wuyeh Colley, Kanunorr village, murdered August 22, 2012

Enor Colley, Kanunorr village, murdered August 22, 2012

Regime's witching-hunting Kangaroo Trials:

GAMCOTRAP's Dr. Isatou Touray and Co. trials

GNOC's Beatrice Allen and Co. trials

Suruwa Wawa B. Jaiteh and Dr. Loum's trials

Dr. Amadou Jallow and Co. trials

Dr. Alasan Bah and Co's trials

Detained and kidnapped without trial & trace 2013-2014:

Alhaji Mamut Ceesay (Gambia born US citizen)

Lieutenant Colonel Solo Bojang (former Commander of the State Guards in Kanilai)

Mr Thomas Jarju (Commissioner of the Gambia Prison)

Ebou Jobe (Gambia born US citizen)

Mr Momodou Sowe (ex- Protocol Officer at the state house in Banjul)

Momodou Sabally (former Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister)

Recent arrest, detention and charged with treason:

Amadou Scattred Janneh, former minister of Information.

Ndey Tapha Sosseh, former president of the Gambia Press Union Mathew K. Jallow

Famara Demba

Modou Keita

Ebrima Jallow

Michael C. Uche Thomas (died in prison)

Torture and Yahya Jammeh's convoy related deaths:

Demba Sibey of Numuyel village

A third grader from Saaba Primary School

A young girl killed Yahya Jammeh's motorcade/Gunjur prayer fest

Paul Bass NIA operative killed by Jammeh's convoy

Arab businessman dead in collided with Jammeh's convoy

A soldier from Sintet village killed escorting Jammeh's convoy

A little girl killed by convoy during Mauritanian President's visit

A child killed by stampede for Jammeh's biscuits at Sere Kunda market

In total since 1994 nearly twenty people; children and adults have died as a direct result of Yahya Jammeh's speeding convoys and throwing biscuits into throngs of hungry crowds.

Executed and Murdered Civilians, journalists, and Military:

Ousman Koro Ceesay Deyda Hydara

Sidia Sanyang Ebrima Chief Manneh Omar Barrow

Lamin Sanneh

Ousman Ceesay

Sarjo Kunjang

Ebrima Barry

Ousman Ceesay

Saja Kujabi

Haruna Jammeh

Yaya Jammeh

Daba Marena

Staff Sergeant Manlafi Corr Sergeant Major Alpha Bah Lieut. Ebou Lowe

Lieut. Alieu Ceesay

Sgt. Fafa Nyang

Lieut. Basiru Barrow

Cpt. Sadibou Hydara

Lieut. Almamo Manneh

Lieut. Abdoulie Dot Faal

Lieut. Bakary Manneh

Lieut. Buba Jammeh

Lieut. Momodou Lamin Darboe Cadet Officer Sillah

Lieut. Basiru Camara Corpl. Mendy

Lieut. Gibril Saye

Sergeant Dumbuya Momodou Sowe

Gambians kidnapped, detained, released, in Jail or murdered between 1994-2014:

RSM Alpha Bah (executed

Major Ebrima Bah

Lt Momodou Alieu Ba

Corporal Samba Bah

Tijan Bahoum: Power Supply Director NAWEC Kemo Balajo: ex-National Intelligence Agency Foday Barry: ex-NIA; director of Intelligence Ourani Barry: ex-Senior Civil Servant

Lamin Bojang: Medical Research Council Ebrima Camara: ex-police officer

Omar Barru Camara: ex-MP APRC Captain Wassa Camara

2nd Lt Alieu Ceesay

Lamin Ceesay: Politician

Madi Ceesay: President, Gambia Press Union

Awa Darboe Cham: wife of alleged coup leader Ndure Cham Lamin Cham: ex-Daily Observer, BBC correspondent

Lamin Cham: Politician

Momat Cham: former minister

Momodou Cadi Cham: former politician

Superintendent Abdoulie Colley: ex-police officer

Retired Colonel Abdoulie Conteh: former KMC Mayor

Staff Sergeant Manlafi Corr

Captain Bunja Darboe

Lamin R. Darboe: Politician

Lamin Saiba Darboe

Captain Yaya Darboe

Adama Deen: former Managing Director Gambia Ports Authority Demba Dem: ex-MP APRC

Momodou Demba: Politician

Mariam Denton: Human Rights Lawyer

Raif Diab: Businessman

Ramzia Diab: former nominated MP, APRC

Musa Dibba: ex-NIA Director of Finance

Sheriff Mustapha Dibba: ex-Assembly Speaker

Baba Drammeh: ex-Independent Electoral

Commission (IEC) officer

Omar Faal: Marabout

Ansumana Fadera: ex-Senior Civil Servant

Jerreh Fatty: Politician

Lamin Fatty: journalist, The Independent newspaper

Mariama Fatty: Politician

Kebba Faye: ex-Senior Civil Servant

Tamba Fofana: Head Master

Abdou Gafar: journalist, Daily Express newspaper

Lamin Gassama: Security Manager, Banjul International Airport Antouman Gaye: Lawyer

Pa Njie Guirigara: General Manager, VM

Sarane Hydara: ex-Senior Civil Servant

Captain Abdoukarim Jah

Karamo Jaiteh: former Managing Director, Gambia Roads Authority Suruwa Wawa B Jaiteh: former Permanent Secretary

Staff Sergeant Buba Jammeh Haruna Jammeh. Villager Kebbaringo Jammeh: Councilor Marcel Jammeh. Villager

Lance Corporal Babou Janha

Amie Jarju. Villager

Cherno Ndure Jarju: Politician

Lamin Jarsey: Politician

Tamsir Jassey: ex-Deputy Inspector General Police, Director of Immigration Dudu Kassa Jatta: Politician

Ousman Rambo Jatta: Councilor

Colonel Vincent Jatta: ex-Chief of Defense Staff (deceased)

Momodou Jaw: ex-IEC officer

Abdoulie Kanaji Jawla: MP, APRC

Baboucarr Jobarteh: ex-Protocol Officer

Maimuna Jobarteh: Politician

Abdou Jobe: Managing Director, NAWEC

Alieu Jobe: ex-Accountant General

Duta Kamaso: ex-MP, APRC

Kanyiba Kanyi: Politician

Lamin Keita: ex-Senior Civil Servant

Nato Keita: Politician

Abdoulie Kujabi: ex-Director General, NIA

Jasaji Kujabi

Dr. Badara Loum: ex-Permanent Secretary

Lt Ebou Lowe

Mustapha Lowe: College student

Bamba Manneh: ex-NIA operative

Mr Njogou Lamin Bah (another former Secretary General of the Civil Service and Minister for Presidential affairs)

Mr Amadou Sanneh, Malang Fatty, Sambou Fatty (officials of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP))

Chief Ebrima B. Manneh: journalist, Daily Observer newspaper

Fatou Jaw Manneh: journalist

Kebba Yorro Manneh: Politician

Daba Marena: ex-Director General, NIA

Malick M'boob: ex-Daily Observer, RV

Sulayman Sait M'boob: ex-Minister, IEC Commissioner

Sergeant Buba Mendy

Captain Pierre Mendy

Omar Ndow: former Managing Director of Gamtel/Gamcel

Ndondi S.Z. Njie: former Chairman of IEC

Alhagie Nyabally: ex-President, Gambia Student Union

Alassan Nyassi

Balla Nyass

Dr. Badara Loum: Former Permanent Secretary, Agriculture Private Alagie Nying: Gambia National Army

Sam Obi: Daily Express, RFI correspondent

Baba Saho: ex-NIA director, External Security

Musa Saidykhan: former Editor-In-Chief, The Independent newspaper Betrand Sambou

Dodou Sanneh: former journalist, GRTS

Ebrima Sillah Sanneh: ex-IEC officer

Lamin Sanneh: former Permanent Secretary Sergeant Abdoulie Sanyang

2nd Lt Pharing Sanyang: Gambia National Army Commander MB Sarr: Gambia National Army

Lt M. Savage: Gambia National Army

Ebou Secka: ex-Senior Civil Servant

Nourou Secka: ex-NIA operative

Momodou Senghore: ex-Senior Civil Servant Ousman Sey: Marabout

Musa Sheriff: journalist, Gambia News & Report magazine Amie Sillah: journalist, women activist

Alieu Singhateh: ex-NIA operative

Kebba Singhateh: Politician

Modou Sonko: journalist, Daily Observer newspaper Private Ebrima Sonko

Juldeh Sowe: journalist, The Independent newspaper Issac Success: journalist, Daily Express newspaper Azziz Tamba: Politician

Ebou Waggeh

Lt Lalo Jaiteh,Lt Omar Darboe, Capt Alhagie Kanteh fled Ebrima Barrow,

Ebrima Yarbo,

Momodou Marena, Dumo Saho

Private Lamin Bojang: escaped to Cassamance and in 1995 was abducted by security forces in Cassamance and not seen since.

Sgt Kabareh

WO2 Almamy Bojang

Binneh Minteh

Musa Mboob former Immigration Director

Andrew Silva SSHFC

Gumbo Ali Touray, former Director of International Affairs and Information at the University of The Gambia (UTG) was arrested, detained, taken to court and charged with "giving false information to a public officer

Arrest and Detention of Journalists:

Fatou Camara 2013

Sports Editor Nanama Keita, facing witch-hunting/Kangaroo Trial Ahmed Alota, arrested, detained, released

October 2005: Abdoulie Sey

2005: Musa Saidykhan

March 2006: Musa Saidykhan

March 2006: Madi Ceesay

April 2006: Lamin Fatty

Journalists on Exile in Senegal, Europe and the US:

Pa Ousman Darboe Alieu Badara Sowe Pa Ousman Darboe Musa Saidykhan Sulayman Makalo Omar Bah

Alhagie Mbye Ebrima Sillah Augustus Mendy Bankole Thompson Papa Colley Sulayman Darboe Fatou Jaw Manneh Pa Omar Jatta Momodou Thomas Musa Saidykhan Ansumana Badjie Pa Samba Jaw Sarjo Bayang

Pa Nderry Mbai Cherno Baba Jallow Ebrima Ceesay Baba Galleh Jallow Ebrima G. Sankareh Yankuba Jambang Mathew K. Jallow

Military/Security mysterious deaths:

Captain Tumbul Tamba Captain Musa Jammeh Colonel Vincent Jatta Lieut. Solomon Jammeh Pa M. Jallow

Manlafi Sanyang Boye Bah Momodou Bah Illo Jallow

Military/Security/Civilian recently detained:

Lang Tombong Tamba Bore Badjie

Omar Bun Mbye Demba Njie

Lamin Fatty

Yankuba Drammeh

Malamin Jarju

Kawsu (Bombardier) Camara Ngorr Secka, NIA

Ensa Badjie

Bun Sanneh

Sarjo Fofana

Military/Security/Civilians: detained, released, fled:

Captain Bunja Darboe Capt Yahya Darboe Capt. Wassa Camara 2nd Lt Pharing Sanyang Alieu Jobe

Tamsir Jasseh Omar Faal Demba Dem, Col. Ndure Cham Abdoulie Kujabi Kemo Balajo Alieu Singhateh Foday Barry Landing Sanneh

Executed Military and Security officers 2006:

Alieu Ceesay Alpha Bah Manlafi Corr Ebou Lowe Daba Marenah

Students Massacred April 11th. 2000:

Reginald Carrol Karamo Barrow Lamin A. Bojang Ousman Sabally Sainey Nyabally Ousman Sembene Bakary Njie

Claesco Pierra Momodou Lamin Njie Ebrima Barry

Wuyea Foday Mansareh Bamba Jobarteh Momodou Lamin Chune Abdoulie Sanyang Omar Barrow

Burama Badjie

Students Maimed, paralyzed, or otherwise critically injured by security forces during April 10/11, 2000 Demonstrations:

Yusupha Mbaye

Assan Suwareh

Abdokarim Jammeh

Sainey Senghore

Lamin Touray

Hundreds of students beaten, arrested, tortured, wounded

Gambians Missing and Disappeared Since 2005:

Ebrima (Chief) Manneh: arrested July 2006 Kanyiba Kanyi arrested September 2006 Haruna Jammeh arrested in 2005

Marcie Jammeh arrested in 2005 Alfusainey Jammeh arrested in 2005 Momodou Lamin Nyassi arrested in 2005 Ndongo M'boob arrested in 2006

Buba Sanyang arrested in 2006

Alieu Lowe arrested in March 2006,

Sgt. Sam Kambai arrested in 2006

Bakary Gassama arrested in 2007

Kebba Secka arrested in 2007

Ebrima Dibba arrested in May 2008,

Ebrima Kunchi Jammeh arrested in May 2008

Cases of Regime ordered Arsons against media personals:

August 8th. 2001, Radio Station 1 FM, was set ablaze around 2 a.m. in the morning, after proprietor George Christensen and his watchman were doused with hazardous chemicals in the hope of incinerating them. The two victims survived the ordeal, but the station was a total loss. August 10th. 2001, the home of Alieu Bah, Radio I FM journalist, who moderated debates and discussions between prominent personalities, was set ablaze around 3 a.m. while he, his wife and children were asleep. The family narrowly escaped death, but the house was gutted to the ground.

October 17th. 2003, The Independent Newspaper premises were set on fire around 3 a.m in the morning when three unidentified masked men stormed the building, assaulted the night watchman and then sprayed him with fire hazard chemical in the hope he would burn to death. But he luckily survived the assault. The premises were destroyed beyond recognition.

April 13th. 2004, the Kanifing printing facilities of the Independent Newspaper was set on fire around 2 a.m. by six individuals dressed in military fatigue. The printing machinery and other hardware equipment were completely destroyed.

August 15th. 2004, the home of B.B.C reporter, Ebrima Sillah was set on fire as he slept. He narrowly escaped.

Arrests, Detentions, Assassinations of Journalists:

September 19th. 2003, around 6 p.m. Abdoulie Sey, the Editor-in-Chief, The

Independent Newspaper was arrested from his office by intelligence agents and held incommunicado. He was released four days later.

September 2005, Musa Saidykhan, Editor-in-Chief, The Independent Newspaper, was detained for interrogation for a brief period of time shortly after returning from a South African journalist conference.

March 27th. 2006, Musa Saidykhan, Editor-in-Chief, The Independent Newspaper, was arrested again by security agents a few days after publishing an article critical of Yahya

Jammeh's reactions in the wake of an alleged coup attempt on March 21, 2007. He was released after three weeks in detention.

March 2006, Madi Ceesay, The Independent General Manager, arrested by the regime's agents, was released after three weeks of detention.

April 10th. 2006, Independent reporter, Lamin Fatty was arrested from his home by NIA

agents and released after two months in detention and charged with false publication.

April 25th. 2006, Independent receptionist, Juldeh Sowe, was arrested and released

after several hours.

July 7th. 2006, Daily Observer journalist, Ebrima Chief Manneh, was arrested by NIA

officials from the Observer premises, was seen in public once after two years detention, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, sick and emaciated. Six powerful U.S Senators; Edward Kennedy, Richard (Dick) Durbin, Russell (Russ) Feingold and Joe Lieberman among others wrote to Yahya Jammeh asking him to release Journalist Manneh after being held for nearly three years. Manneh has since been confirmed murdered by Jammeh's agents.

dMay 24th. 2006, following the hacking of the online, Freedom Newspaper, five Gambian journalists whose names appeared on the paper's readers list were arrested and detained for different lengths of time. After several months they were released. They are: Musa Sheriff, Pa Modou Faal, Lamin Cham, Sam Obi, Malick M'boob

On 16th December 2004 a well known Gambian journalist and proprietor of the weekly

Poin tNewspaper, Mr Deyda Hydara was assassinated by assailants suspected to be under the direct command of the recently demoted Commander of the Presidential Guards Unit, Brigadier General Alhaji Martin (alias Lagos) and the then Secretary of State for the Interior Ousman Sonko. To date no one has been charged let alone prosecuted for this heinous crime. The government commenced a shoddy investigation into the murder that ended up vilifying the memory of the victim rather than seek justice for his killing.

Other arbitrary arrests against journalist September 2006

A Gambia Radio and Television Services reporter, Dodou Sanneh, was arrested and detained, and later fired, rehired and fired again from his job government job.

March 28th. 2007, Fatou Jaw Manneh, a U.S. based Gambian journalist, was arrested at the airport, her traveling documents seized and charged with sedition. Her Kangaroo trial lasted more than a year. Her heavy fine was paid with donations from family and friends from all around the world.

December 16th. 2005, police ruffed Ramatoulie Charreh up after the participants in a

conference she attended, attempted to visit the spot where journalist Deyda Hydara was gunned down.

2006, Njaimeh Bah, Point Newspaper reporter, attacked by unknown assailants, was severely beaten.

December 12. 2006, Baron Eloagou, reporter for the Daily Express, was severely beaten by unknown assailants.

December 2006, Abdougafar Olademinji, reporter for the Daily Express, was attacked by unknown assailants and beaten severely.

June 14th. 2009, seven journalists and members of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), were rounded up from various locations by heavily armed paramilitary agents and

detained at NIA headquarters before being transferred to the notorious Mile 2 prison outside Banjul. The group listed below, were granted bail and charged with publishing seditious material and their case is ongoing despite protestations of regional and international organizations such as Media Foundation for West Africa, Amnesty International, Community to Protect Journalists.

Emil Touray, Secretary General Gambia Press Union Sarata Jabbi Dibba, Vice President, Gambia Press Union Pa Modou Faal, Treasurer, Gambia Press Union

Pap Saine, Managing Director, The Point Newspaper Ebou Sawaneh, Editor, The Point Newspaper, Sam Sarr, Managing Editor, The Foroyaa Newspaper Abubakr Saidy-Khan, journalist, Foroyaa newspaper.

June 16th. 2009, Abdulhamid Adiamoh, Publisher of Today Newspaper, was arrested for false publication and detained at National Intelligence headquarters. Forced to pleadguilty or face deportation back to Nigeria, he was fine an extortive amount of money or face six months jail time.

June 22nd. 2009, Augustine Kanja, a reporter for The Point Newspaper, was arrested and detained by security agents. He was released June 25th, 2009.

Attempted Murders, Fled Gambia:

Ousman Sillah: Attorney/Lawyer

Mai Fatty: Attorney/Lawyer

Foreign nationals executed in Gambia:

44 Ghanaians 2 Senegalese 1 Togolese

2 Nigerians

72 Ministers, Appointed and Fired:

Mass Axi Gai

Angela Colley

Kanja Sanneh

Neneh Macdoual-Gaye

Therese Ndong-Jatta (resigned)

Maba Jobe (hired & fired before taking office) Momodou Lamin Sedat Jobe (resigned) Joseph Henry Joof (resigned)

Satang Jow (retired) Yankuba Kassama

Margaret Keita

Ousman Badjie

Samba Bah

Lamin Kaba Bajo

Musa Bittaye

Amie Bensouda

Fatou Bom Bensouda

John P. Bojang

Momodou Bojang

Nyimasata Sanneh

Bojang Mamat Cham

Ebrima Ceesay

Momodou Nai Ceesay

Ousman Koro Ceesay (murdered) Sulayman Massaneh Ceesay Bakary Bunja Dabo

Fasainey Dumbuya

Samba Faal

Omar Faye

Sadibou Haidara (murdered) Sheikh Tijan Hydara

Blaise Jagne

Balla Garba Jahumpa Momodou Sarjo Jallow

Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh Manlafi Jarju

Tamsir Mbowe

Dominic Mendy

Alieu Ngum

Bakary Njie

Omar Njie

Susan Waffa-Ogoo

Hawa Sisay Sabally

Sana B. Sabally

Abdoulie Sallah

Hassan Sallah

Momodou Sallah

Sidy Morro Sanneh

Kebba Sanyang Samsudeen Sarr

Cheyassin Secka

Musa Sillah

Edward Singhatey Raymond Sock

Amina Faal Sonko Baboucarr Jatta

Famara Jatta

Kumba Ceesay-Marenah Mustapha Marong

Fafa Mbai

Musa Mbenga

Sulayman Mboob Bolong Sonko

Bai Mass Taal Fatoumatta Tambajang Bemba Tambedou Yankuba Touray Crispin Grey Johnson Antouman Saho

Lamin Bojang

Marie Saine Firdaus Edward Gomez Mamburay Njie

Denial of Burial Rights to Exiled Dissidents

On the 09th July 2014, a veteran Gambia politician and former minister in the PPP government of Sir Dawda Jawara, Mr Boubacarr Michael Baldeh, who until his untimely death, lived in self- exil```````e in Senegal, passed away suddenly. His body was being transported to his home town of Basse Mansajang, in the Gambia where he was an MP for many years but upon arrival at the border crossing into Gambia, his cortege was confronted by a contingent of the Gambian National Army, all fully armed, who informed the mourners that they received instructions from the State House in Banjul that the body should not be allowed to pass into Gambian territory. Mr Baldeh's corpse was horridly buried in a neighbouring village in Senegal.

Yayah Jammeh's Human Rights Violation 1994 - 2014 was compiled by Gambian Civil Society Organizations: CORDEG, GCC, GDAC, DUGA, STGDP & GMDD, Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in The Gambia (CORDEG), Coalition for Change- the Gambia (CCG), the Democractic Union of Gambian Activists (DUGA), the Campaign for Democratic Change in the Gambia (CDCG), Save The Gambia Democracy Group (STGDP), Gambia Democraic Action Group (GDAG), Gambia Human Rights Network (GHRN), SeneGambian Human Rights Defense League (SenGamHRDL), Gambia Consultative Consul, (GCC), and the Gambia Movement for Democracy and Development (GMDD)

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