Panafrican News Agency

We will keep supporting human rights in The Gambia - AI Barry

Banjul, Gambia (PANA)   -   Amnesty International for West and Central Africa regional chief Evelyn Petrus-Barry has vowed her organization’s unflinching support to strengthen human rights and democratic values in The Gambia.

Barry made the remarks while speaking to journalists following a courtesy call on Gambian President Adama Barrow on Thursday at the State House in Banjul.

“We understand that there are challenges and limitations that The Gambia is faced with. As a human rights organisation, Amnesty International and partners will try to support the government in moving forward the human rights agenda as much as we can,” she said.

Mrs. Perus-Barry added that her organization appreciated the steady evolution of the democratic culture in the country, despite the difficult past the country endured.  

“We knew that after 22 years of difficult regime, things will not be changed in one day,” she stressed.

“However, we wanted to discuss with the President things that changed, especially some of the top priority recommendations that we thought were important in terms of human rights and related agenda.”

Some of the priorities she cited included the abolition of the death penalty, women’s rights as it relates to harmful traditional practices, discrimination against women, abortion, and the ongoing truth and reconciliation process.


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