Issued 21 June 2018
of Beakanyang; a group of right activists in The Gambia said they are deeply
concerned and troubled over the recent incident in the community of Faraba
Banta, West Coast Region.
The June 18 incident between the community and members of the Police Intervention Unit emanated following protest by the community members against mining activities in the Kombo East settlement.
The incident resulted to the shooting death of three youth namely, Bakary Kujabi, Ismaila Bah and Amadou Jawo while several other sustained injuries.
The organisation said it condemned the barbaric act by members in uniform against unarmed protestors who are voicing their concerns with regards to their environment and livelihoods; an act that is being guaranteed in The Gambian Constitution.
“We call for a thorough investigation into the matter and to ensure that those responsible face the full force of the law.””
They said their regional coordinator for West Coast Region has earlier visited the community of Faraba on Tuesday to gather firsthand information and to eulogize with the bereaved families. “We remind The Gambia government of its responsibility of protecting the fundamental human rights of citizens including right to life and protest.”