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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

"If you stay in my country, I will deal with you!" Gambia's Yahya Jammeh warns human rights defenders

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, better known for his traditional healing powers is now on the offensive against human rights defenders. "If you want to destabilise this country and bring trouble and suffering to my people, I will make sure that you are dead," Jammeh told state television. And as if that was not warning enough, he added that cooperating with human rights groups was no guarantee of protection.

Jammeh, who took control of the West African nation in July 1994, made the statement in Banjul shortly before leaving the country to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

His statements come at a time when his government has been accused of exacerbating the deteriorating state of human rights in the country. Whilst in New York, Jammeh faced demonstrators led by the New York based Movement for Democracy and Development who chanted slogans against him.

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