Gambia’s Case Before Another US Congressman

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By Yero Jallow (Dalton), USA


Congressman Ellison with Gambians

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and his Staff had a fruitful discussion on Gambia’s ailing democracy with the civil society group based in Minneapolis last Monday.

The Minnesota-based group, represented by Cherno Bah (Uhuru), Papa Faal, Ebrima Ceesay and Yero Jallow, the author of this piece, laid before Congressman Ellison the need to have the United States step in to assist Gambians who are continually oppressed by their country’s iron-fist criminal ruler in the person of President Yahya Jammeh, the man who seized power in a military coup d’état on July 22nd 1994. The Minnesota group’s effort will complement those of other human rights groups such as DUGA-DC that has recently launched a global campaign against the injustices perpetuated by the Jammeh regime.

A similar path was taken by the Gambia Democratic Action Group in North Carolina whose members briefed Senator Kay Hagan and Congressman David Price about their country’s gross violation of human rights.

The group used the meeting to present a range of human rights violations committed by Jammeh’s regime since 1994. Also on the discussion table was the continued illegal detention of a prominent religious cleric, Imam Baba Leigh of Kanifing Mosque.  Congressman Ellison has been urged to act on the Gambia’s precarious situation.

The only Muslim Congressman in the United States House of Representative promised to help Gambians in various ways. These include assisting them to testify on the late Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, contact the US State Department and with the Black Caucus Group on the matter. Congressman Keith Ellision also promises to contact the Gambian Ambassador in Washington DC, support democratic reforms in the Gambia and look into the case of Jackson McDonald, a former US Ambassador who is now President Jammeh’s top lobbyist.



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