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Free Fanta Darboe Jawara, US Citizen - Gambian Native

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U.S. Citizen Fanta Darboe Jawara of Frederick, Maryland, is a wife and mother of two daughters ages 12 and 17. Fanta was arrested on Saturday, April 16th and imprisoned at the Mile 2 Central Prison in Gambia as an onlooker during a protest for the release of Gambian native and Political Activist, Solo Sandeng. Solo Sandeng is now presumed dead after being tortured for leading a peaceful protest for political reform at Westfield on Thursday, April 14th. Fanta Darboe, along with other bystanders were arrested as a result. Fanta has now been sentenced to 3 years in prison.

“Mr. Darboe, Lawyer for United Democratic Party (UDP), said 'The Gambia is presently in a state of crisis, and the same applies to democracy and the rule of law." Reports have been made of severe and inhumane acts against the protestors and those detained in Gambia including torture and death. Fanta Darboe Jawara remains one of those detained. Fanta arrived in Gambia to visit family but was arrested for being in the right place, the city market, at the wrong time. Fanta was arrested for protesting (which is completely legal in the Gambia), however, she was not involved.  Fanta was arrested for unjust cause because she was not a part of the protests AND freedom of speech is legal as outlined in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (USHR) of the United Nations and also outlined in the Constitution of the Republic of Gambia (see below).  Fanta Darboe Jawara committed no crime but is being held as a prisoner along with other Gambian natives and is sentenced to three years in prison!

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Reference: Universal Declaration of Human Rights 19.  Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. 20.  (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia Article 25. Freedom of speech, conscience, assembly, association and movement (1) Every person shall have the right to – (a) freedom of speech and expression, which include freedom of the press and other media; (b) freedom of thought, conscience and belief, which shall include academic freedom; (c) freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice; (d) freedom to assemble and demonstrate peaceably and without arms; (e) freedom of association, which shall include freedom to form and join associations and unions, including political parties and trade unions; (f) freedom to petition the executive for redress of grievances and to resort to the courts for the protection of his or her rights.  

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