GENEVA / GAMBIA

22-Nov-2016 00:01:30
The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) expressed concern about two Gambian journalists who continue to be held incommunicado, with no access to family members or lawyers two weeks after their detention. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA/ GAMBIA
TRT: 1:30
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Momodou Sabally, the head of the Gambia Radio and Television Services and Bakary Fatty, who was a reporter for the same organisation, have been arbitrarily detained by the National Intelligence Agency in Banjul since 8 November with no charges laid against them. Another journalist who was arrested on 10 November was freed after six days without any charges.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The latest detentions come as 30 members of the Gambia’s main opposition party are serving out three-year prison sentences following their participation in peaceful protests in mid-April this year. Incommunicado detention without charge is a clear violation of the Gambia’s own constitution, which requires detainees to be brought before a court within 72 hours, and it is also of course in breach of the country’s international human rights obligations.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are also deeply concerned about the continuing failure of the authorities to investigate the deaths in custody of two members of the opposition, Ebrima Solo Krummah and opposition leader Solo Sandeng earlier this year.”
8. Various shots, journalists
STORYLINE
The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) expressed concern about two Gambian journalists who continue to be held incommunicado, with no access to family members or lawyers two weeks after their detention.

Speaking today (22 Nov) in Geneva, OHCHR’s spokesperson Rupert Colville told media representatives “Momodou Sabally, the head of the Gambia Radio and Television Services and Bakary Fatty, who was a reporter for the same organisation, have been arbitrarily detained by the National Intelligence Agency in Banjul since 8 November with no charges laid against them. Another journalist who was arrested on 10 November was freed after six days without any charges.”

The UN Human Rights Office emphasized that in the run up to the presidential elections of 1 December, “it is particularly crucial that the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association are fully respected. The detention of journalists is likely to intimidate the media in general.”

Colville said “the latest detentions come as 30 members of the Gambia’s main opposition party are serving out three-year prison sentences following their participation in peaceful protests in mid-April this year. Incommunicado detention without charge is a clear violation of the Gambia’s own constitution, which requires detainees to be brought before a court within 72 hours, and it is also of course in breach of the country’s international human rights obligations.”

According to OHCHR, a number of other people, including a magistrate, an opposition supporter and a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, also remain in incommunicado detention.

Rupert Colville added “we are also deeply concerned about the continuing failure of the authorities to investigate the deaths in custody of two members of the opposition, Ebrima Solo Krummah and opposition leader Solo Sandeng earlier this year.”
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