The primary purpose of setting of all these international bodies like the UN, ICC, UNICEF etc are to help protect and prevent human rights abuses and take to task those who committed them. Notwithstanding, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda, in an interview last week refused to denounced Yahya Jammeh’s message of hate and division in the Gambia. However, a more responsible and caring personnel, United Nations Special Advisor of the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide Mr Adama Dieng has condemned the inflammatory speech by the President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia at a political rally this past week, in which he reportedly threatened to eliminate the Mandinka ethnic group.
In a note to correspondents, Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, said that on 3 June in Tallinding, President Jammeh allegedly referred to the Mandinka as “enemies, foreigners” and threatened to kill them one by one and place them “where even a fly cannot see them.”
“I am profoundly alarmed by President Jammeh’s public stigmatization, dehumanization and threats against the Mandinka,” the Special Adviser said.
“Public statements of this nature by a national leader are irresponsible and extremely dangerous. They can contribute to dividing populations, feed suspicion and serve to incite violence against communities, based solely on their identity,” he added.
Mr. Dieng said he was particularly appalled by President Jammeh’s “vitriolic rhetoric,” as history has shown that hate speech that constitutes incitement to violence can be both a warning sign and a powerful trigger for atrocity crimes.
“We have seen, in Rwanda, Bosnia – and more recently in the Middle East – how incitement to violence has led to mass killings along identity lines,” the Special Adviser said, reminding President Jammeh that any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence is prohibited under international human rights law as well as under national legislation.
Mr. Dieng also noted that States have the primary responsibility to protect their populations. In 2005, all Heads of State and Government acknowledged the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as well as their incitement.
“I urge the President of the Gambia to fulfil this responsibility,” said the Special Adviser, “and ensure that the rights of all populations of the Gambia are respected, irrespective of ethnicity or political affiliation.”
I agree with you Lamin, however, I think we need to sensitise our people in the Gambia not to fall trap of Yahya Jammeh’s tribalist rhetorics. I’m a Jola by birth but I’m a Gambian first and we co-existed, married and bond ever since, so why would we have to allow Jammeh to disturb the peace we had before he was even conceived? No to tribalism in the Gambia.
We therefore need to come up with an international legal team to challenge president Jammeh’s rhetoric, harassment, and killings.
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The Gambia today as a nation should go beyong this level.however as a good pesident,he should think of how to fullfil his responsibilities and to generate a progressive peace and stability in this humble country but not to give a room for coruption,enemity among ethnic groups and misunderstandings among our humble people and whole world.
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