AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S COMMENT ON AMNESTY, WHAT NEXT?

Foroyaa is of the view that unless the parents and relatives of those
who are linked to the insurgency of 30th December 2015 are released we
cannot be convinced that a fresh page has been turned.We therefore call on the President to remind himself of his oath of
office to perform his duty without fear or favour; affection or ill
will according to the constitution and laws of the Gambia. The
constitution is not silent on what should happen if one is arrested.
First and foremost, no one should be arrested unless one is suspected
of committing a crime. Once arrested one must be charged and taken
before a court within 72 hours or be released without condition or on
bail.
During his interview, the president did say that he is not stopping
Gambians in the Diaspora from coming home. He gave the impression that
he was opening up a new page in his government’s relation with critics
abroad. The best way to show magnanimity and prove that more is to
come is to order the release of all those who are detained just
because of their family ties with insurgents.
As Women prepare to commemorate International Women’s day we hope the
women Federation and women leaders would make representation to end
the plight of women who are in detention without trial.