Saturday, 16 February 2013 18:08(JollofNews) – Members and affiliates of the Civil Society Associations Gambia (CSAG) has called on President Macky Sall of Senegal to reject an invitation to attend the Gambia’s 48th independence anniversary.
The CSAG said it is convinced that the peace and freedoms enjoyed by the people of Senegal would continue to remain only a mirage for Gambians so long as respected leaders like Mr Sall visit The Gambia and fail to address the issue that Gambians and many Senegalese nationals resident in the country do not enjoy.
The organisation added that should Mr Sall however decide to visit Banjul, they want him encourage Mr Jammeh to address and improve his record on issues surrounding human rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and human and sub-regional security.
President Sall was also urged to demand that Mr Jammeh, as a show of goodwill:
- Release immediately and unconditionally Abdourahman Balde, a Senegalese national from Tambacounda, detained without trial since July 1997;
- Release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience and illegally detained persons, including Imam Baba Leigh, Ma Ebou Cham, MB Sarr, and Ebrima Jallow;
- Allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to the prisons and detention centres to assess conditions of detention;
- Allow the Senegalese Embassy in The Gambia immediate access to Senegalese nationals in the prisons;
- Inform and allow access to the burial sites to families of those executed by the Gambia Government in August 2012. Remains of their loved ones should also be handed over for appropriate burial as per the rites and religious beliefs of their families.
- Urge President Jammeh to give an unequivocal assurance that he will stop further inflaming the crisis in Casamance and Guinea Bissau.
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