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Human rights defender at risk

18 May 2022

Madi Jobarteh used to be the first Human Rights Defender to be hosted by UCG in 2017.

Madi was a panelist during a charity event at the UG. At the time he talked about his experience of having done a lot of work on sight to promote democracy and human rights.

However, he now faces safety risks as Gambia's president Adama Barrow accused him of being a “troublemaker” who wants to bring violence into the country.

Our thoughts are with Madi and his family.

Amnesty International is trying to help him. Have a look at Amnesty's initiative.

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During his annual meeting with the Banjul Muslim Elders for Koriteh at the State House on 2 May 2022, President Adama Barrow accused human rights defender Madi Jobarteh of being a “troublemaker” who wants to bring violence into the country. It is believed that this assertion was made in relation to a recent social media post that Madi Jobarteh made calling for the removal of a government minister, due to alleged mismanagement of public lands. Such statements by the President put Madi Jobarteh’s safety at risk, and fundamentally undermines the right to freedom of expression in Gambia.
Madi Jobarteh
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Last modified:18 May 2022 10.17 a.m.

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