21 January 2013

Gambia: Growing Calls for Imam Baba Leigh's Release Imams, the Tijaniyya Association and Human Rights Defenders in the U.S.A

The EU and The USA have already called for the release of Imam Baba Leigh. Opposition Parties in the Gambia Amnesty International, Commonwealth Human Rights Institute and many editorials of newspapers have made their respective calls for the Imam to be released.

In the same vein information has been received that Imam Mustapha Leigh, Imam Ibrahim Tambedou, Imam Sheikh Tijan Ndow, Sohna Fafura Taal, Sohna Oumu Sey Jamel Dr. Mbaye Gningue and the Tijaniyyah Association in the US have called on Faith leaders in the USA to join them in New York on Wednesday January 23, 2013 12pm to 4pm UN Plaza - Dag Hammarskjold 1st Ave & 42nd St to demand for Imam Bab Leigh's release.

Speaking to those asked by Foroyaa to cover the event if it takes place at all, they indicated that to the best of their reflection this would be the first time in history for Imams to come together to demonstrate as human rights defenders in the USA. It is reported that Saihou Mballow, Ebrahim Ndure, Ndey Fatou Jobe, As Gaye and other human rights defenders and their associations have given their commitment to support the religious leaders.

Editor's Note

We hope the early warning signals would be food for thought for the executive and its agents in the Gambia.

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