Logic cannot explain why any government would detain the parents of
insurgents without charge for over 72 hours. How could any government
justify such an act?Relatives of such detained persons have shouted their voices hoarse
calling on the authorities to state the whereabouts of the detainees.
The country has been promised a human rights commission but an Act to
establish it has still not been promulgated.  There is no national
institution families could turn to other than the courts. This goes
with expenses which many poor families could not afford. In many
countries human rights non-governmental organisations would raise funds
for the legal fees of such detainees to enable their relatives to file
cases for their release. In the Gambia many are afraid to be
identified as sympathisers of insurgents.
Any society where people are afraid to speak against injustice must
sink into the abyss of impunity and oppression. Impunity could only be
contained by naming and shaming the perpetrators. To detain any person
in the Gambia for more than 72 hours without court appearance is
unconstitutional and unlawful. It is a shame that deaf ear is still
being paid by the authorities to this unlawful practice.