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We Cannot Change the World By Keeping Quiet

- GCAP Ambassador Adelaide Sosseh speaks out against the repression of human rights activists in The Gambia and Malawi

My daughter Ndey Tapha former President of the GPU was charged with treason on Tuesday the 19th July 2011.  She has been charged with "consipiring with others to overthrow the legally elected government of The Gambia by unlawful means" along with other members of the Coalition for Change The Gambia.

As an activist and mother, it has certainly been distressing for me to see Ndey at the centre of attention in the media under circumstances that are less than favourable. Tuesday's incident was unexpected but I had seen it coming for some time.  In accepting the position of Secretary General for the Coalition for Change - The Gambia, Ndey had put herself in a very vulnerable position taking the unsure political situation in country. This is something however, that must be done.  If we all keep quiet then when will the status quo change?  If we all turn our eyes away then who will inform the world of the huge atrocities that are going on in The Gambia?

If charging Ndey with treason, sedition and other crimes is the price that we and my family have to pay; if she lost her position as President of the GPU due to the maligning of her integrity and tarnishing of her reputation then so be it.  It is the sacrifice that we have to make to let the world know and to cry to our Lord and Maker, that all is not well in The Gambia.  I believe that it will all end one day.  When, where and how, only Allah the Almighty knows.    However, burying our heads in the soil is not the solution. The solution is to talk and advocate against the untenable situation.  It is extremely dangerous but we will prevail. Current world trends speak volumes.

Ndey is still in self exile in Mali.  She was charged in absentia.  They can pass whatever judgement they want in their Kangaroo Courts.  It really does not move me.  I stand firm in my resolve and know that truth and justice will prevail. This is also the moment for all of us - the global human rights community - to extend our solidarity to civil society in Malawi. We feel their pain and we are with them during these difficult times.  Africa will surely be liberated. The sadness is the cost in human lives.

For Amnesty International's response to human rights in The Gambia please click here.