Dear Pa, kindly allow me space to shed lights on the above subject in relation to what happened in The Gambia on or about 04/14/16.

BURAY JAWOWe should carefully review Section 25 of the 1997 Constitution which deals with Freedom of Speech, conscience, assembly, association and movement to know what exactly is required in such situations.

Section 25.(1) Every person shall have the right to –

(a) freedom of speech and expression , which shall include freedom of the press and other media,

(b) freedom of thought, conscience and belief, which shall include academic freedom,

(c) freedom to practice any religion  and to manifest such practice,

(d) freedom to assemble and demonstrate peacefully and without arms,

(e) freedom of association, which shall include freedom  to form and join associations and unions, including political parties and trade unions,

(F) freedom to petition the executive for redress of grievances and to resort to the courts for the protection of his or her rights,

(2) Every person lawfully within The Gambia shall have the right to move freely throughout The Gambia, to choose his or her own place of residence within The Gambia, and to leave The Gambia.

(3) Every citizen of The Gambia shall have the right to return to The Gambia.

(4) The freedoms referred to in subsection (1) and (2) shall be exercised subject to the laws of  The Gambia in so far as that law imposes reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the rights and freedoms thereby conferred, which are necessary in a democratic society and are required in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of The Gambia, national security, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court

Now its vivid that the rights conferred on the freedoms mentioned in sections (1) and (2) above are revoked in Section (4) meaning in the case of Demonstrations one needs permission from the police under the public Order Act

Written By Buray Jawoh

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