The leader of the Gambia Moral Congress party, Mr Mai Ahmad Fatty has said that his party does not support “the call by the Civil Society Forum of African NGOs to relocate the African Human Rights Commission from The Gambia to another AU member state”. In a loaded statement obtained by The Gambia Newswaves, Mr Fatty wrote: “GMC believes that removal of the African Centre from The Gambia does not provide effective and durable approach to the endemic problem of mal-governance in Africa.”
“It provides no guarantee or safeguard against the possibility of grievous rights violations by a future government in the next country to host the Commission, if The Gambia were to lose it.
“The African Commission itself has passed several damning Resolutions against the regime. None of these Resolutions were implemented either by the Commission or the AU, its parent body against The Gambia. GMC advocates for the full implementation of existing Resolutions against the tyrant’s regime, which if done, would induce and compel radical and dramatic shifts in Gambian political equation, resulting in significant expansion of the democratic space,” the statement noted.
The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights was adopted in Nairobi, Kenya in 1981 by the Assembly of Heads of States of the then OAU now AU. State parties to the instrument also unanimously resolved to establish the headquarters of African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, the charters mechanism in Banjul, The Gambia in recognition of the country’s unmatched democratic credentials at the time.
The GMC leader argued that it provides no guarantee or safeguard against the possibility of grievous rights violations by a future government in the next country to host the Commission, if The Gambia were to lose it. “GMC calls on the Civil Society Forum of African NGOs to press the African Commission to implement its existing Resolutions and Protocols against the regime, including building international consensus for targeted sanctions, asset freeze, travel ban, suspension from international organisations, etc and isolation of the regime so as to disable all of its capacities to stay in power.”
The statement pleaded with activists not to take away what the GMC leader described as “an essential part of our glorious history”.
The GMC leader had earlier noted in the statement that GMC is very appreciative and proud of the role played by Dr. Ahmad Scattred Janneh, Ms. Ndey Tapha Sosseh and Alhaji Buba Baldeh at the just concluded ACHPR process in Cote d’Ivoire, and in facilitating strong Resolution against the Jammeh regime’s rights violations. “We advocate for robust international action against the regime in so far as it is coordinated in consultation and in agreement with The Gambian representative political alternative movement both at home and in the Diaspora.