Death threats as Gambia situation worsens, rights groups say

2017-01-05 20:05


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Dakar - Human rights groups say the situation in Gambia is worsening as political opponents are detained by authorities and some receive death threats.

The tiny West African country awaits a key court ruling January 10 in the disputed presidential election.

President Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat in the December 1 vote, only to change his mind a week later.

Meanwhile, supporters of President-elect Adama Barrow say he is going ahead with plans for a January 19 inauguration.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said on Thursday that two founding members of the #Gambiahasdecided movement have fled the country.

The country's election chief also has left Gambia after a threat made against his life.

At least six others have been briefly detained for wearing #Gambiahasdecided T-shirts.

Read more on:    yahya jammeh  |  adama barrow  |  gambia  |  gambia 2016 elections  |  west africa

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