Scores of human rights activists including 60 religions leaders on Tuesday gathered in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to denounce the brutalities Dictator Yahya Jammeh, and demand a regime change. The gathering was in the form of a press conference attended by exiled Gambians and members of the Senegalese media.
Seydi Gassama, the director of Amnesty International – Senegal, has called on the international community to take firm action against Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh and his regime to make sure human rights of Gambians are respected.
Speaking during a press conference about the current situation in The Gambia at the RADDOH head offices in Dakar, Mr. Gassama who described Yahya Jammeh as a “real dictator,” challenged the government of President Macky Sall to take the lead. He said stringent measures should be taken against Yahya Jammeh and his cronies not “soft diplomacy.”
Alioune Tine, president of the African Human Rights (RADDHO), also challenged the international community to act before what is happening in Mali is repeated in The Gambia. Mr. Tine also called on the leaders in the sub-region to act and help salvage Gambia from the brutality of Yahya Jammeh’s regime. He called for a peaceful dialogue to find solutions to the situation in The Gambia before the worst happens.
Sidat Jobe, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Jammeh regime who described Gambia’s current situation as “deplorable,” called on the Senegalese government to take urgent measures to help get rid of Jammeh’s regime. “We all know Yahya Jammeh is playing double standard in Cassamance and it is in the interest of Senegal if his government seizes to exist,” calling on the government of President Macky Sall to take urgent measures to get rid of the current government in the Gambia.”
Organizers of the press conference denounced the arbitrary and continuous detention of Imam Baba Leigh. They also decried the Yahya Jammeh’s regime’s response to the European Union’s 17-point demands set for political dialogue.