Gambia urged to investigate death of opposition activists

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Evan Schneider

The Gambian government has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the death in custody of three political activists.

They died following their arrest last week for participating in a peaceful protest in Banjul, the capital of Gambia.
Daniel Dickinson has more details.
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, said he was dismayed by the death in detention of political activist and opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) member Solo Sandeng and two fellow party members.
 
He said he was deeply concerned about the apparernt use of excessive force and the arrest and detention of peaceful demonstrators on 14 April.
 
Presedential elections are due to be held in the West African country in December.
 
The incumbent President Yahya Jammeh has been in power for 20 years.
 
Mr Ban called on the Gambian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested, including UDP leader Ousainou Darboe.
 
And he urged the upholding of the rights of the Gambian people to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
 
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations
 
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