Gambia will not take deportees who did not exhaust legal remedies

Gambia will not take deportees who did not exhaust legal remedies

Gambia said it will protect the rights of its citizens that are subject to deportation before accepting them into the country.

The West African nation’s Minister of Homeland Security, Mai Ahmad Fatty said the government will ensure that citizens exhaust all legal means before they are being deported.

Many migrants are unlawfully detained and deported without any legal help, according to human rights groups.

Migrants and refugees who have challenged their detention in court have prevailed, but most are not in a position to go to court.

They lack information about their right to free legal aid and civil-society groups that work with them are given restricted access to some detention facilities.

Gambia, however, said it will not hesitate to cooperate with EU nations to repatriate its citizens that have be convicted of a crime by a court and exhaust all appeals.

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