Bring to justice the killers of Kasim Kanji of Lamin village
  • Petitioning State House, Banjul, The Gambia (Office of The Presidnet)

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Bring to justice the killers of Kasim Kanji of Lamin village

    1. Sidi Sanneh
    2. Petition by

      Sidi Sanneh

      Fairfax, VA

The African President who claims to have discovered the cure for HIV/AIDS and who also threatens to chop-off the heads of gays and lesbians.

The brutal regime of President Yaya Jammeh of The Gambia has struck once more. This time, a young man by the name of Kasim Kanyi of Lamin village, The Gambia, West Africa.

Kasim Kanji was reportedly riding his bicycle on the off-track dirt road, and away from the main thoroughfare, near his home village where the presidential motorcade of Yahya Jammeh was to travel. He was reportedly stopped by a policeman and asked if he was aware that the presidential convoy of was to travel the same road.

Young Kasim either had no idea that the presidential convoy will be passing through his village, or it would not have mattered to him since he was using the dirt road, and away from the main road and therefore not obstructing traffic. He responded, all the same, that he was unaware that the presidential convoy will be passing through the same road and only road leading to and from his village.

As he was responding to the police officer’s questions, suddenly, according to eyewitness accounts, a truck-load of military personnel stopped and asked the policeman why the kid was on the presidential route, ostensibly obstructing the convoy.

Instead of issuing a simple order to move off the road by the wave of the hand – after all, The Gambia is a police state, and everyone, including young Kasim, is well aware of this fact - the soldiers loaded young Kasim onto their truck and sped off to an unknown location where he was reportedly tortured, his neck broken and beating about the head, revealing deep lacerations. This is according to the autopsy later performed to the body at the main hospital in the capital of Banjul.

Kasim's lifeless body was returned and dumped by the road-side, meters from the police station, ending the life of yet another young Gambian. The trauma young Kasim must have endured prior to his death must have been unimaginable. The autopsy report confirmed that young Kasim’s neck was broken (the regime’s preferred method of killing opponents ) with severe lacerations on his head.

In 2001, the same brutality was on display when the security forces gunned down more than a dozen unarmed school children whose only crime was to peacefully demonstrate against the torture, rape and murder of two of their colleagues that had occurred days before, at the hands of the same security forces who prey on the civilian population, particularly the young.

This regime targets children to keep parents and grown-ups in check.

Before handing over the body, the police tried to force the parents of Kasim to sign a declarative statement absolving the culprits of blame. Karim’s parents refused to sign the statement as every good parent and responsible citizen should.

A standard operating procedure of the police and other arms of the security forces is to force citizens into signing statements of this nature. In this instance, they did not succeed.

These cowardly acts of violence, by an equally cowardly personal security detail of President Yaya Jammeh, are frequent and they have always gone unpunished.

The freedom and democracy-loving people of The Gambia join the family of Kasim Kanyi in demanding justice for their son.

We demand that this case be fully investigated, culprits identified, prosecuted before a court of law.

We also demand an end to the violence against the civilian population, and an end to the dictatorship in The Gambia.

To:
State House, Banjul, The Gambia (Office of The Presidnet), Office of The Presidnet
Bring to justice the killers of Kasim Kanji of Lamin village

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. We are close to 100 signatures

      Sidi Sanneh
      Petition Organizer

      100 signatures in a week may not sound like a big deal until when you consider that The Gambia is hardly known outside of the continent. So when you can garner these many signatures in a week, and a number of Americans and Europeans joining in the effort, it is a big deal. Please let us continue to encourage others to join us in signing the petition. Remember, it is for Kasim. Thank you.

    3. We continue to register progress

      Sidi Sanneh
      Petition Organizer

      In these types of advocacy campaigns, progress is not measured only in the number of signatories but also in the public interest generated as a result of the petition. By these measures, we are succeeding in our efforts. The petition is being signed at a faster rate but we still need to increase the pace. Of equal importance is the increasing attention focused on the circumstances surrounding the death of Kasim, the subsequent arrest of his parents, and on the brutal methods employed by Yaya Jammeh's security apparatus in suppressing the civilian population. We urge you to continue to ask friends and colleagues to sign the petition. Do it for Kasim. Thank you

    4. The White House has been petitioned on behalf of Kasim

      Sidi Sanneh
      Petition Organizer

      Well, as I reported this morning on my blog, we are making significant progress but we need to step on the gas a bit. So, I have just petitioned President Obama on behalf of Kasim Kanji.

      I encourage you to sign that petition also which you can find below.

      DO IT FOR KASIM

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-gambian-dictator-yahya-jammeh-bring-justice-killers-young-kasim-kanji-security-forces/b13Yq5B9

      Demand that the Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh bring to justice the killers of young Kasim Kanji by the security forces

      we petition the obama administration to: The case of Kasim Kanji is one of many human rights abuses committed by the regime. Young Kasim was stopped by police, picked up by military personnel, tortured, broke his neck and left for dead. The police ask that the parents of Kasim sign a declarative statement absolving the government of all responsibility.

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Bring the killers of Kasim Kanji to justice

      Sidi Sanneh
      Petition Organizer

      There are prospective supporters of this petition experiencing difficulties signing the petition because they cannot navigate their way around the links provided on my FB page and blog. You may ask them to try the links in www.maafanta.com, hellogambia.com, senegambianews.com, gainako.com. If still that doesn't address their problems, let them contact me at to see I can be of any assistance, at all smsanneh@gmail.com

      For those who have already signed the petition, I say a Big Thank You but would ask of you an additional favor - pass on the word by clicking the appropriate button on the petition announcing your signing and encouraging your family and friends to sign the petition.

      We are registering good progress. Thanks once more.

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    7. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ngange Njie STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
      • 4 months ago

      I want to help give justice to the family of Kasim Kanji

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    • EBRIMA M DARBOE BANJUL, GAMBIA
      • 6 months ago

      It is important to me because i think if we knock forces together we can change or effect a major changes.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      Being a feminist means that you believe in civil rights and social justice.

      -- Janeane Garofalo

      "Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy."

      -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

      "Male and female citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, must be equally admitted to all honors, positions, and public employment according to their capacity and without other distinctions besides those of their virtues and talents."

      -- Olympe de Gouges

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    • Virginia Bendell WESTON-SUPER-MARE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I lived in The Gambia for 2 years in the 1970s and have visited since. On my last visit I heard many stories of bad things happening to innocent people, and I met plenty of people who are struggling in absolute poverty, while there are so many luxury homes for the rich.

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    • Lamin Jammeh SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Because president jammeh is a murderer. and need to face justice.

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