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US Ambassador Keith Harper punching Gambia on the face!

The United States has punched the Gambia government for the disappearance of two US citizens and violating the rights of people.

In a statement at the 20th Session of the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland, US Ambassador said his government is deeply dismayed by the human rights situation in the Gambia.

“The United States is deeply dismayed by the human rights situation in The Gambia. Among other things, we are concerned by government interference with the electoral process; and government harassment and abuse of critics, including restrictions of freedoms of the press and speech of Gambian citizens and journalists, and reports of torture, arrest, detention, and sometimes enforced disappearances of citizens for exercising their human rights,” said Ambassador Keith Harper.

The US is “also concerned about discrimination against Gambian citizens based on sexual orientation or gender identity, trafficking in persons, forced child marriage, child prostitution, and exploitative child labor.”

The US urges the Jammeh government to “ivestigate the disappearance of U.S. Citizens Alhaji Ceesay and Ebrima Jobe, Demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression, including by members of the press, by allowing the UN unfettered access to complete the investigation of the death of journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004 and the disappearance of journalist Ebrima Manneh in 2006.” The US also wants the Gambia government to “ensure that the human rights of all Gambian citizens are respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, by repealing discriminatory laws that are inconsistent with international human rights principles.”

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