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[Press Release] GAMBIA: FIACAT appeals for the moratorium on capital punishment to be maintained

August 2012

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Paris, 23 August 2012 – The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) is seriously concerned about threats by the Gambian President, Mr Yayua Jammeh, to resume capital punishment by the middle of September.

During an address to the nation to mark the feast of Eid-al-Fitr on Saturday 18 August 2012, President Jammeh stated that his Government intended to execute by mid-September those who had been condemned to death, in order to combat the increase in criminality and terrorism which was threatening the stability of the country.

If The Gambia resumes executions, it will bring to an end the moratorium on capital punishment which has lasted for 27 years. The Gambia has not carried out any death sentence since 1985.

The Working Group on the Death Penalty of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights addressed several urgent appeals to the Gambian government in February 2010 and January 2011, urging it to maintain the moratorium on capital punishment. The Gambia responded to these appeals and no execution has since been carried out.

For these reasons, FIACAT calls upon the Working Group on the Death Penalty to submit another urgent appeal to the Gambian Government, urging it to implement Resolution ACHPR/Res.136(XXXXIIII)08, which calls upon the Member States of the African Union to observe a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing it, and not to resume executions in The Gambia.

Press contact:
- Guillaume Colin – g.colin@fiacat.org – +226 66 33 82 55

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