Gambia National Youth Council (NYC) and its member youth organisations says
they learnt with dismay, shock and agony, the avoidable incident that erupted
between the community of Faraba Banta and personnel of Police Intervention Unit
(PIU) on Monday 18 June 2018.
“Meanwhile, we advise and encourage our constituent to refrain from any act of violence, maintain peace, to avoid the escalation of the existing fragile situation.We also call on the Government to strengthen its youth engagement programmes in peace building and community reconciliation efforts, prioritize and address perennial and endemic youth unemployment challenges, response adequately to the needs of returnees, address the urgent concerns of victims of human rights violations,” the Council said in a statement issued on Thursday.
They said the loss of life of three young people in the persons of Ismaila Bah and Bakary Kujabi at the scene of the incident and that of Amadou NyangJawo, who died at EFSTH on Wednesday 20 June 2018 as a result of injuries sustained from the incident, is regrettable and unjustifiable.
The country’s young people said as the health conditions of the remaining hospitalized eight victims remains a concern, the Government should ensure that the highest standard of medical attention is accorded to them for their swift recuperation.
“We, in the strongest possible terms condemn the unjustifiable, unwarranted and disproportionate use of force and violence resulting in serious injuries and killing of unarmed civilian’s majority of them young people. These ugly actions of the police are unacceptable and not the least expected in the new dispensation.”
They said while they acknowledge the proactive stands of the national assembly, and the swift response of President Adama Barrow in instituting an independent investigation into the matter, they demand for the process to be transparent, impartial, comprehensive and inclusive, and bring perpetrators including those who gave orders to book and serve justice in the soonest possible time to avoid re occurrences. “We further demand for the, review of all charges before the courts filed against youth involved in land and environmental issues across the country.”
They said in the interest of the country’s collective well being, they restate their commitment as responsible, patriotic, progressive and dedicated citizens to work with all stakeholders today and in future to address the concerns of youth we represent as highlighted in their 20 June meeting resolution.“For country and for our people, the young men and women are prepared to march shoulder to shoulder with Government in the advancement of our country in peace, stability and tranquility.”