URGENT: Gambie : Les défenseures des droits humains des femmes Isatou Touray et Amie Bojang-Sissoho ont été interpellées et mises en détention. Déclaration de WLUML et la Campagne mondiale «Arrêtons de tuer et de lapider les femmes » (Campagne SKSW) sur l’arrestation de Défenseures des droits humains des femmes en Gambie, le Dr. Isatou Touray et Madame Amie Bojang-Sissoho.
According to reliable reports from networkers in the Gambia who have visited Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, the WLUML network is relieved to learn that they appeared well and in high spirits. Their lawyers had applied to the High Court for bail and the matter was set to be heard on Friday 15 October, but has been rescheduled for the original date of Wednesday 20 October.
According to reliable reports from networkers in the Gambia who have visited Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, the WLUML network is relieved to learn that they appeared well and in high spirits. Their lawyers have applied to the High Court for bail and the matter is set to be heard today, Friday 15 October at 9:30 am.
WLUML Statement on the Arrest of Women’s Human Rights Defenders in the Gambia, Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho:The WLUML network is deeply concerned to learn of the arrests of our colleagues Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho on Monday, October 11, 2010 by an officer of the National Intelligence Agency in the Gambia. According to reports received, they had been threatened and harassed prior to their arrest, before being held in police custody until being transferred to the Mile Two Central Prison on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
Les autorités de la Gambie ont commencé à agir contre les militants des droits des femmes qui travaillent pour la cessation des mutilations génitales féminines. Le directeur exécutif du Comité Gambie contre les pratiques traditionnelles (GAMCOTRAP) Dr. Isatou Touray, et son adjointe Amie Bojang Sissoho ont été arrêtés lundi par la police pour des raisons inexpliquées, le journal La liberté ne peut rapport. Le Dr. Touray et Madame Sissoho sont actuellement détenus au quartier général de la police dans la capitale Banjul.
Avant la fermeture des bureaux le lundi, les nouvelles atteint la communauté de presse ici que les détenus devaient être escortés par la police au tribunal régional de Kanifing, mais pour se faire dire que l'affaire serait entendue mardi. M. Touray et Mme Sissoho on s'attend à nouveau devant le tribunal mardi pour prendre plaidoyer.
WLUML has learned that prominent women’s rights activists, Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho of GAMCOTRAP, have been arrested and are currently awaiting trial. Please see the news report below and the Action section of the WLUML website for what you can do. "Principal Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea of the Banjul Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday, 12th of October, 2010 ordered that Dr Isatou Touray, the executive director of The Gambia Committee on traditional practices affecting the health of women and children (Gamcotrap) and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, programme coordinator of Gamcotrap be remanded in prison custody until the 20th of October, 2010 pending the completion of police investigation into the alleged offence said to have been committed by the duo.
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