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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009


Gambia

Jammeh says what he thinks

The President's threats against human rights activists should spoil his welcome at the Commonwealth summit and elsewhere

President Yahya Jammeh is due at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Trinidad and Tobago in the second half of November. However, a televised outburst in late September has upset his relations with the international community (AC Vol 50 No 14). As he prepared to travel to the United Nations General Assembly, he told Gambia Television: 'If you think you can collaborate with so-called human rights defenders and get away with it, you must be living in a dream world. I will kill you, and nothing will come out of it. We are not going to condone people posing as human rights defenders to the detriment of the country. If you are affiliated with any human rights group, be rest assured that your security and personal safety would not be guaranteed by any government. We are ready to kill saboteurs.'

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