Archive | 30 June, 2015

EU Discussing The Migrant Tragedy in Luxembourg, While African Leaders Continued to be Silenced On Their Own Failures

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The UK Home Office Secretary Theresa May has joined her EU counterparts in Luxembourg in discussing how to respond to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, with Italy threatening a strong response if no deal is reached. A plan to distribute asylum seekers within the 28 EU member states is the major discussing point at the talks in Luxembourg. The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has given an ultimatum to the EU and said without agreement Italy would adopt a “Plan B” that would “hurt” Europe.

The French government has accused the Italian government of disrespecting the Dublin agreement which says, the EU country where migrants first arrive should deal with their asylum claims, but the Italian government argued that the migrant used Italy as a transit point. The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said “we have to build solidarity for our Italian friends, and they have to build responsibility”. Responsibility, he explained, must include “organising the return of irregular migrants”.

The migrant, mostly from Sub Saharan Africa, Syrian, Sudan and Eritrea have been prevented from entering France, UK and Denmark.  Dozens of migrants have been removed from their camps near the French border by the Italian police as the police in riot gear forcibly shoved some of them onto buses and took them away from Ventimiglia, not far from French Riviera resorts.

This year alone 1800 people have been estimated to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while seeking to reach Europe, a 20-fold increase compared to the same period last year. Some EU member states such as Italy, Greece, Germany and Austria favour a deal to share more than 60,000 asylum seekers across 28 EU nations, however, countries such as the UK, Ireland and Denmark are against that plan and they argue that asylum seekers should not be forced to resettle in a country against their will.

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Meanwhile, the African leaders who met at the just concluded 25th African Union summit in South Africa have failed to discuss the migrant crisis as most of them are fearful of offending their fellow AU members. Also, due to the fact most African countries are guilty of human rights violations and economic crimes in their countries they have no appetite to discuss the worst human tragedy since the colonial era. However, The Gambian dictator has accused the EU for deliberately killing some of the African migrants and has threatened to sue the EU to International Criminal Court at the Hague. Most analysts said, because Jammeh is an attention seeker that threat is one of those tactics he used to divert attention from his own human rights violations in The Gambia.

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It’s 165 Days Since Yusupha Lowe was detained, Dictator Yahya Jammeh Please Free Yusupha Lowe Now! A word to the wise is sufficient

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Yusupha Lowe, a 16 year old teenager who by this time is suppose be in a class room learning to become a productive citizen of The Gambia is however, languishing in Yahya Jammeh’s detention. Yusupha is detained for an alleged crime of his father Bai Lowe, who is alleged to have been involved in the attempted coup of 30 December 2014 in The Gambia. Yusupha Lowe was arrested together with his 19-year-old uncle, Pa Alieu Lowe and his father’s ex-wife, Jariatou Lowe, on 1 January 2015. Meanwhile, Jariatou Lowe has been released since without charge, however Yusupha and Pa Alieu are still in detention.

Yahya Jammeh is using the detention of Yusupha Lowe as a deterring for future attempt to uproot his dictatorship led government. What he Jammeh fails to comprehend is that, if such tactics have any effect, by now the likes of Muarmarr Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Charles Taylor et al,. would have still been in power. Those people were at one time much more powerful than he could ever be, but where are they and there children, Saddam and his entire family has been exterminated, Gaddafi is killed together with some of his children and some are jailed and Charles Taylor and his son are being detained in the UK and US respectively. These are just few examples of former dictators who used all forms of fear tactics to scare people from challenging their brutal dictatorship but they ended up been either brutally killed, jailed or exiled in other countries as in the case of the aforementioned former dictators.

The religious leaders such as Imam Abdoulie Fatty, Imam Cherno Mass Kah, lamin Touray, Ebrima Jarju and the rest should be in the forefront of campaigning for the release of Yusupha Lowe, but due to the fact that those people put power and money before God, they are incapable to campaign for anything good in the Gambia. The statement last week by Imam Abdoulie Fatty, that Gambia is free and people are not hungry is a clear manifestation that these so called Imams have lost all moral authority for them to be considered Imam or even listen to as they have no sympathy or empathy for ordinary Gambians.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Dictator Jammeh has either killed, jailed or maimed Gambian teenagers, it can be recalled that in the tranquil moments of Monday morning on 10 April 2000, Yahya ordered the killings of 14 innocent students including a journalist and Red Cross volunteer who were only protesting against security forces’ brutality against their fellow students. Jammeh then quickly passed a bill in the national assembly to indemnified all those who participated in the killings of those students and up to date no justice for them. However, Dictator Jammeh you need to know that no matter how long it takes there will be justice for the innocent Gambian youths you killed, maimed, jailed and exiled and that day your so called Imams will all run away from you. Yahya in case you forget, you have to remember that you are a family man, so please free Yusupha Lowe. We hope as it has been said “a word to the wise is sufficient”, you will comprehend what lies ahead of you and your accomplices.