His Excellency Adama Barrow                                      postzegel internationaal

President of the Republic of The Gambia

State House of The Gambia

Banjul, The Gambia

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His Excellency President Barrow,

 

I was very dismayed to see that during your televised statement on 2 May 2022 in front of Banjul Muslim Elders at the State House, you accused human rights defender Madi Jobarteh of being a “troublemaker” who wants to bring violence and burn down the country. You also accused the media of being irresponsible for serving as a platform to him. Such baseless attacks and accusations stigmatise Jobarteh’s peaceful activism, and dangerously exacerbate the risks he faces in his personal and professional life, making him the target of threats, harassment and criminalization.

 

Therefore, I urge you to:

  • Ensure the security of Madi Jobarteh and ensure he can exercise his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Gambian Constitution;
  • Refrain from using language and sentiment that would stigmatise, and therefore endanger, human rights defenders and supportive media outlets;
  • Promote the role of human rights defenders and the media in defending human rights and freedom of expression by taking effective measures to ensure that all human rights defenders can carry out their peaceful activities without fear of hindrance, intimidation, arbitrary detention or imprisonment, in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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