Monday, 24 December 2012 19:02Why This Is Important
(JollofNews) – I am Mai Ahmad Fatty, Human Rights Lawyer, Gambian political activists and Leader of The Gambia Moral Congress (GMC).
I submit this Petition on behalf of The Gambia Moral Congress and its associates globally, as well as on behalf of all victims of human rights atrocities in The Gambia and their families.
The Gambia is one of the few final strong-holds for dictatorship in Africa. It is the only country in West Africa where the rule of law, good governance and the sanctity of human life are alien concepts.
It is the only country in West Africa where torture, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial executions, detention without trial, statutory murder and extra-judicial convictions have become officially entrenched as normal governance practices.
It is the only country in Africa where the President publicly proclaimed and adopted the official policy of assassination against human rights defenders, and declared journalists the illegitimate sons of Africa who should "rot in hell."
It is the country whose President shoots school children in cold-blood, fire-bomb press houses and murder journalists, lawyers and religious leaders, and institutionalised impunity as the sole governance trait.
It is the worst dictatorship, the worst kept secret killing field and the most politically intolerant regime in West Africa. It is impossible to change it electorally because the electoral system is fundamentally flawed and indomitably skewed in favour of the regime.
The President declqtred that he "shall rule for a thousand years", asserting that elections SHALL NOT remove his government. The opposition and civil societies have been rendered severely impotent, as any form of dissent attracts the ultimate penalty.
The regime intensifies its containment of democracy each day, and rules strictly through the intrument of paralysing fear and the practice of brutality againt ordinary citizens.
The regime is sustained in power through the budgetary support and development funding of the EU, the United States, Canada, and offerred diplomatic validation by the African Union and ECOWAS. Foremost, the EU as the largest development partner under the ACP-EU Agreement is principally responsible for financing the regime's sustainability and its senseless brutality against ordinary citizens.
Without the support of the EU, major pillars of the regime wouild have collapsed. The EU has the capacity to disrupt the economic might of the regime without negatively impacting ordinary citizens, and its failure to do so is directly responsible for the loss of many innocent lives, the torture of many and other grievous human rights abuses.
The EU must be made to comply with its obligations under international Instruments in its dealings with The Gambia.
The United States and the rest of the international community has the obligation to protect our shared values and require definite consequences against the regime without delay.
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