Video: How Solo Sandeng was arrested and…

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On April 14, 2016, Sandeng, a prominent activist with the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), led a protest calling for electoral reform in Serrekunda, a suburb of Banjul, the capital. Gambian police arrested Sandeng and more than 20 other demonstrators and bystanders. Many of them were beaten and tortured in NIA custody. Sandeng’s injuries were fatal.
“It is really hard to grieve when you haven’t had the chance to see the body – when no one has seen the body,” said Sandeng’s wife, Nyima. “When you can’t confirm that you have lost a family member, it makes you think, maybe they are still hiding him.”
Ahead of Gambia’s scheduled December 1 elections, authorities have arrested more than 90 opposition activists this year for participating in largely peaceful protests. A court has convicted and sentenced 30 opposition members to three-year prison terms. As President Yahya Jammeh runs for re-election for the fifth time, a new Human Rights Watch report, “More Fear Than Fair,” documents the government’s crackdown on the opposition.

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