Opposition perishing in Gambia prisonsFrom MOMODOU DIBBA in Banjul, Gambia
BANJUL, (CAJ News) – THERE is global concern at the death of opposition leaders and members in Gambian prisons.
Outspoken leader, Ebrima Solo Kurumah, is died last Saturday, shortly after undergoing surgery at a hospital to which he had been transferred from prison. He had allegedly earlier been refused medical aid in prison.
This came on the heels of the death of Solo Sandeng, who died after incessant torture in prison.
United Kingdom has raised concerns over reports of excessive violence and ill treatment of those in custody in the Gambia on a number of occasions.
The United Kingdom calls on Gambia to release all political prisoners and ensure claims of mistreatment were investigated.
“We also call on the Gambian authorities to create an inclusive environment that allows all political parties, and their supporters, the ability to participate in the electoral process without hindrance,” said Ambassador to The Gambia, Colin Crorkin.
Bärbel Kofler, Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, called on Gambia to investigate the circumstances leading to the deaths as well as torture in prisons.
Kurumah was arrested in May alongside 35 other members of the United Democratic Party. They had protested in April against the death in police custody of Sandeng and called for electoral reform.
– CAJ News
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