06 September 2012

The Gambia: Gambians abroad want sanctions against Jammeh's Government

Dakar, Senegal - Gambians, based abroad, on Tuesday petitioned the British Government, calling for 'targeted' sanctions against President Yahya Jammeh and certain officials of his government. This followed their protest marches on the streets of United Kingdom over the execution of nine death row prisoners. The protesting Gambians were said to have also delivered another petition to the Commonwealth Office in London.

According to them, the UK Government should 'urgently initiate processes within the European Union' that will lead to the imposition of targeted sanctions like 'travel bans'.

The petition also called for other forms of sanctions such as 'global freezing of economic and financial assets' of President Jammeh and some of his government officials, suspension of technical cooperation and budgetary support to Gambia's security and judiciary sectors.

On the other hand, the petitioners want active diplomatic, logistics, financial and economic support for Gambian opposition and civil society movements.

They accused President Jammeh's government of 'systematic and persistent violations of both domestic and international laws' that guarantee and protect human rights and basic freedoms of the people.

Pana 06/09/2012

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