Family of slain Gambian journalist still seeking justice

More than a decade after his disappearance, the family of a Gambian journalist, Chief Ebrima Manneh is yet to know of his whereabout or what had truly happened to him.

Last month marked 11 years since Manneh’s arrest by Gambian authorities and a journey for his family to secure his release.

Security sources have for long confirmed that Manneh was killed and months after ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh’s ouster, he is nowhere to be found.

Gambia’s new government has released all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience after coming to power in January.

Manneh is among dozens of people, who were taken by Jammeh’s men that have not been accounted for.

Some of the men accused of committing human rights abuses for Jammeh have been arrested and have helped investigators uncover several mass graves and secret burial sites.

The Gambia’s new government has made many positive commitments and taken concrete steps to pursue justice for victims of Jammeh-era human rights violations.

Amnesty International is calling on it to independently investigate the enforced disappearance and death of Ebrima Manneh.

Manneh’s family say those responsible, either by virtue of their direct or command responsibility, should be brought to justice through fair trials.

Journalist Ebrima Manneh was arrested on 7 July 2006 at the offices of the pro-government newspaper Daily Observer by plainclothes police officers who were thought to have been from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

No official reason was provided by the Jammeh government for his arrest.

In 2008 the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice ordered the Gambian government to release Ebrima Manneh from unlawful detention and pay him compensation of $100,000. This judgment was never complied with.

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