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Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2003 - Gambia

Publisher International Federation for Human Rights
Publication Date 14 April 2004
Cite as International Federation for Human Rights, Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2003 - Gambia, 14 April 2004, available at: [accessed 28 May 2016]
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Aggression against M. Ousman Sillah49

On 26th December 2003, Mr. Ousman Sillah, chairman of the Lawyers' coalition for Human Rights, was attacked in front of his house in Bakan, 20 km away from Banjul, by two hooded, armed men who shot him point blank. He was seriously injured and evacuated to Dakar.

Mr. Sillah is in charge of Mr. Baba Jobe's file. Mr. Jobe is the majority leader of the parliamentary group of the ruling party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). Early in December, after intra-party feuding, he was accused of economic crime and tax evasion. Mr. Jobe was arrested on 27th December, the day after the attack. End of December 2003, he was still being detained.

[Refworld note: This report as posted on the FIDH website ( was in pdf format with country chapters run together by region. Footnote numbers have been retained here, so do not necessarily begin at 1.]

49. The Observatory contacted the Gambian authorities about this case.

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