Saturday, 17 October 2009
AU urged to intervene in missing Gambian journalist's case
The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) has urged the African Union (AU) to get the Gambian government to investigate the case of missing journalist, Chief Ebrima Manneh, the Pan African rights body said in a statement received here by PANA Friday.
The call was made following a resolution passed by the commission after its seventh 'Extraordinary Session' held recently here.
The continental rights body further called for a proper investigation into the 2004 killing of 'prominent journalist, Deyda Hydara' as contained in its resolution, made in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, last November.
Meanwhile, the African Commission has also demanded that the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh withdraw his recent 'death threats' against human rights defenders.
The rights body further urged the African Union 'to change the venue' for its forthcoming session if President Jammeh 'does not withdraw his threats' and that his government 'cannot guarantee the safety and security of the members and staff of the African Commission and participants.' Source: PANA