22 January 2013

Gambia: Operation No to EU Demands Launched

Nothing is still said about the whereabouts of Imam Baba Leigh which should have been the task of a Human Rights Commission to investigate if it was established. One of the concerns mentioned by the EU in their proposal for the dialogue is for the Gambia Government to explain the status of proposal to establish a Human Rights Commission.

It was mandatory for the National Assembly to review the desirability or other wise of the total abolition of the death penalty within ten years of the coming into force of the Constitution in 1997. The National Assembly abdicated its responsibility. One of the EU proposals is for the Government to explain how the Constitutional provision is to be restored to facilitate the review of the issue of abolition of the death penalty.

Taranga FM is still shut down by executive order and not by a court decision. One of the EU proposals is to establish an Independent authority to oversee the granting of licenses and media houses like Daily News, the Standard and other electronic media houses to be allowed to operate without hindrance as long as they do not offend the laws of the country.

Article 9 of the Cotonou Agreement permits states to propose an agenda and their prioritization for the political dialogue. Let those who are campaigning for zero compliance with the EU proposals tell the people what the proposals state and then explain why they will not comply with each of them.

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