Jun 29, 2020, 12:21 PM
At least five people have lost their lives following a fatal accident involving a passenger vehicle commonly called (gelegeleh) and a truck.
The incident was said to have occurred on Friday 24th July 2020 at the Anti-Crime Unit Headquarters in Bijilo.
It was alleged that Ebrima was personally maltreated by Commissioner Mboob by beating him on his private part with a hoe and subjected him to forced labour.
As such, he sustained serious body harm and was later hospitalised at Serekunda General Hospital.
We condemn this act in the strongest term and call on the Inspector General of Police, IGP to launch an independent investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, we call on the IGP to suspend Commissioner Mboob with immediate effect until such investigations are concluded.
As a human rights organization, we find these allegations worrying and remind the police that torture is a serious human rights violation.
A person who is alleged to have committed a crime is still entitled to enjoy his or her rights and same must be respected.
The right to freedom from torture is respected under Gambian law and international human rights law and therefore cannot be compromised under any circumstances.
Beakanyang is calling on the security apparatus to respect The Gambia’s obligations under international law and to take steps against torture and; where state officials are found to have employed torture in the performance of their work, they should be dealt with swiftly.
We, therefore call on the Gambia Government to speed up the ongoing security sector reform process.
Finally, we wish Ebrima speedy recovery while hoping that justice will be served in his case by the State.”
Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray, said that with the covid-19 pandemic blowing the ambers of despair, surging unemployment and joblessness, thousands of families in The Gambia could be exposed to threats of poverty and hunger.
Following consultations with the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission will resume its public hearings on June 8, 2020. The decision to resume hearings was taken at a meeting of Commissioners, Secretariat staff and the Legal Unit on Monday, May 11.