Political prisoners in the Gambia are getting reunited with their families, for many, after years being unlawfully detained by the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh.
Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has vowed to release all political prisoners when he assumes office, a declaration welcomed by rights groups.
“After 22 years of fear, Gambians now have a unique opportunity to become a model for human rights in West Africa, in which no one need to be afraid to stand up or speak out,” said Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
Joyful families and activists posted pictures of some of the freed prisoners on social media welcoming them to a newly liberated nation.
For some families and activists, nothing has been heard of their people. They are teaming up with activists to publicize that their loved ones are still being held and would like them to be released.
Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh has been a notorious human rights abuser. Arbitrary arrests and detention were a norm under his regime. UN human rights office had expressed serious concerns during his reign.