Amnesty Int'l to organize Gambia Day of Action
June 21, 2012
Amnesty International is once again organising the Gambia Day of Action this year.
The Day of Action (DOA) is an annual campaign held on 22 July (the same day as 'Freedom Day'), to raise human rights concerns in Gambia. Amnesty International and its partners use this date to highlight the lack of freedom in Gambia, unlawful arrests, disappearances, torture, unfair trials of journalists, and harassment of human rights defenders and any real or perceived opponents of President Jammeh’s government.
This year, the focus of the DOA is the case of dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh, who was arrested and convicted of treason for distributing t-shirts. Amnesty International is asking for his immediate and unconditional release. As we did in previous years, Amnesty sections and Gambian Diaspora organisation will be holding demonstrations, press conferences and lobby meeting in several West-African and European countries and the US.
At this point, we want to ask you to express your interest in covering the Day of Action. We will send you a press release with Amnesty's statements about the human rights situation in the Gambia and the case of dr. Janneh specifically. Please let us know if you want to cover the DOA and receive more information.
(please note that this email is for your internal use only and can not be published! We will send you an official press statement later)
Kirsten van Balen
1 Easton Street