UN: Jammeh should avoid resorting to threats, including against Barrow

UN: Jammeh should avoid resorting to threats, including against Barrow

President Jammeh and his Government should avoid resorting to threats or acts of intimidation, including against Mr. Barrow and his supporters, and members of the electoral commission, UN said on Monday.

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told UN leaders that Gambian politicians should conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a peaceful atmosphere during this crucial period and, in particular, avoid using inflammatory language.

The coalition’s government-in-waiting denied reports by President Yahya Jammeh that supporters of the winning opposition attacked his supporters and tribesmen.

A spokesperson for the coalition counseled Mr. Jammeh and the APRC to desist from spreading unfounded rumors and said the police has not reported “a single incident” to the coalition.

Forces loyal to Jammeh sealed the electoral commission office and the UN has demanded the security forces vacate amid fears they will tamper with sensitive electoral materials. Jammeh is legally challenging the outcome of the polls in court and showing no sign of willingness to relinquish power.

President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in an election that had a shocking outcome. He first accepted defeat but now refuses to step down.

Mr. Zeid has warned that Jammeh and forces loyal to him would be held accountable for human rights abuses for refusing to hand over power peacefully.

President Yahya Jammeh has ruled the tiny country for a little over two decades and has been accused of jailing, torturing and detaining incommunicado his political opponents, rights campaigners, pro-democracy activists, and journalists.

A report by two UN Rapporteurs said torture and extra-judicial executions are prevalent under President Yahya Jammeh’s rule.

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