Policy Areas

Coup in Gambia

Norway has aligned with the EU declaration on the situation in Gambia, published in Brussels 20 April 2006.

24/05/2006 :: The European Union (EU) strongly condemns the attempted coup to remove the government of The Gambia on 21 March. We reject any effort to overthrow a democratically elected government. We welcome the fact that the Gambian people responded with calm and restraint. Whilst acknowledging the prerogative of the Gambian authorities fully to investigate the events surrounding the coup, we are concerned that some of those detained have been held without charge beyond the 72-hour limit required under Gambian Law. The EU urges the Gambian authorities to adhere to correct procedures and to respect the human rights of those detained, to disclose their place of detention and to ensure their safety and well-being as well as access to legal counsel.

The EU notes with concern that the Independent Newspaper was forced to close following the arrest of the Managing Director and Editor. We urge the Gambian authorities to clarify the reasons for this action and we remind them that respect for a free press, as part of the right to freedom of expression, is integral to ensuring that citizens can exercise their full democratic rights.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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