Amnesty International director pays courtesy call on The Point

Monday, January 22, 2018

The regional director of Amnesty International, West and Central Africa, Alioune Tine, accompanied by two other staff, Mart Colomer Aguilero, West Africa Anglophone Countries campaigner and Samira Daoud, deputy regional director last Friday paid a courtesy call on the management of The Point Newspaper in Bakau.

The delegation was warmly received by the management of The Point, Baba Hydara, Pap Saine, co-publisher of The Point and the editor-in-chief, Bekai Njie.

The visit by the Amnesty regional director to The Point created an opportunity for both parties to discuss wide ranges of issues relating to human right abuses that had happened over the past 22 years among others.

Speaking to this reporter after the meeting with the management of The Point, Mr. Tine explained briefly about their mission to The Point and The Gambia as a whole, citing that they have been working in The Gambia since 2014 and it has members all over The Gambia. He said that the NGO has been engaging in documenting films in all human rights abuses and other related issues affecting human rights.

He revealed that as regional director, he has been coming to The Gambia, saying the human right situation in the Gambia was not a new thing to him during the former regime.

According to the regional director, Amnesty International has been monitoring the situation in The Gambia especially during the moments of the last presidential elections and the political impasse. He explained that Amnesty International was very active, making demonstration against human right abuses in The Gambia from Senegal in documenting and releasing reports.

Mr. Tine also stated that last year, they were able to come up with a concrete report and recommendation which was handed over to President Adama Barrow. He also pointed out that some of the challenges involved in human rights are a result of Gambian laws not being conformed to the international obligation.

Torture, disappearance and assassination, he said, were all rampant in The Gambia.  He said it was very difficult to give justice to the victims. He therefore used the opportunity to call on the new government under the presidency of Adama Barrow to make sure that this government prioritise and ensure justice for the victims.

He commended the new government for some political will moving towards zero violation of human rights.

He also assured that efforts are underway to bringing President Jammeh to justice for the offences he had committed. He also commended the late Deyda Hydara for been champion of human right defenders in the Gambia.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh