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The YWAG urges immediate release of detained Gambian Writer

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BANJUL, 24 December 2022

The Young Writers Association of The Gambia (YWAG)– A group of young Gambian writers have expressed grave concerns about the continued detention of Gambian writer Momodou Sabally on charges which violated his human rights.

Mr. Momodou Sabally remains in detention, despite being eligible for release on time-served, at an unofficial location reportedly due to concerns for his safety. There are concerns that his conditions of detention have seriously affected his literary duties as a writer.
We have been repeatedly in contact with the Government of the Gambia and are calling on them to release him from arbitrary detention and ensure his safety. It is a matter of grave concern that this young man has now been in detention for days.

It is incompatible with international human rights law to criminalize the right to freedom of expression.


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