The British Government are deeply concerned about human rights in the Gambia, particularly in light of the execution in August of nine prisoners on death row. Our high commissioner in Banjul regularly raises human rights issues with the Gambian Government, both twice-yearly through formal EU Article 8 discussions and when specific incidents occur.
We have made clear our opposition to the use of the death penalty. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my honourable friend Mr Burt issued a statement on
The rights of journalists are an on-going concern. The sudden closures of Taranga FM Radio Station and of The Daily News and The Standard newspapers are worrying. We are monitoring the consequences of this closely and are in contact with the owners. In September, two journalists were detained after applying for a permit to demonstrate against the executions. They are facing charges of committing a felony and inciting violence. We are following their case. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights strategy is clear in its support for freedom of expression and the protection of journalists.