Several victims of ex-Gambia leader Yaya Jammeh and human rights organizations are launching on Wednesday in Dakar a campaign to bring him to trial. The former Gambian leader has been living in exile in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017.
Dubbed #Jammeh2Justice, the campaign will be launched during a press conference, the initiators announced in a statement seen by APA on Tuesday.
The conference will be attended by journalists Martin Kyere, a Ghanaian survivor of the 2005 massacre of migrants whose boat landed in Gambia; Nestor Womeno, brother of one of the Togolese victims; Baba Hydara, son of Deyda Hydara a journalist reportedly murdered by Jammeh’s regime, and Ayesha Jammeh, a niece of Yahya Jammeh whose father was reported killed and buried in Casamance.
Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch, Marion Volkmann-Brandau, Coordinator of #Jammeh2Justice, and Benedict de Moerloose of TRIAL International will also attend the press conference.
According to the the campaign’s initiators, Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years in power have been marked by widespread human rights violations.
“An emblematic case is the murder in July 2005 of more than 50 migrants, mainly Ghanaians, but also two Senegalese, Nigerians, Togolese, Ivorians and a Gambian,” a source on Jammeh’s abuses told APA.
“Ghanaian Martin Kyere, the only known survivor of the 2005 massacre, and Gambian victims have called on the Ghanaian government to open an investigation based on these new elements”, the statement added.