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Gambia: The 17 Issues Raised By the EU in the Politcal Dialogue With the Gambia Government

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1. Commitment of the Government of The Gambia to allow the free operation of independent media in The Gambia within a deadline of one month;

2. Removal of restrictive barriers/monetary/regulatory to registration and licensing of the media;

3. Removal of restriction on accessing and sharing information electronically within one month;

4. Revision of provisions in the criminal code that allow for prosecution on the charges of sedition, libel, false publication and false information to a public servant within 6 months,

5. Revision of laws on freedom of expression and media regulations within 24 months

6. Upholding of moratorium on death penalty with immediate effect

7. Provision of information regarding the recent executions, and including location of burial to families within one month

8. Review of the death penalty by the National Assembly within 12 months

9. Review of the death penalty by the National Assembly and to propose to introduce a de jure moratorium within 24 months

10. Review of the provision of the death penalty in the element of the criminal code and other laws for most serious crimes within six months

11. That the Government sign and ratify the second optional protocol to the international covenant on civil and political rights within 18 months

12. Conclusion of an MOU with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to allow them access to prison facilities on regular basis within 3 months

13. Provision of regular and timely access for diplomatic corps within one month

14. Presentation of costed proposals to improve prison detention facility condition within 12 months

15. Provision of information on the UN Convention against torture ratified on June 6th 2006 within 3 months

16. Signing of the optional protocols to the convention against torture within 6 months

17. Establishment of the Human Rights Commission proposed by the Commonwealth Secretariat

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