EEAS Spokesperson issues statement on the death in custody of Ebrima Solo Krummah


Below is the statement of the European External Action Service (EEAS) issued on 25/08/2016:

Mr Ebrima Solo Krummah, a Gambian opposition member, has died after undergoing surgery whilst being held in custody.

  He had been arrested on 9 May, together with other members of the UDP party, having participated in peaceful protests and reportedly being brought to court only in June.
After the death of Mr Solo Sandeng in April, this is the second time in a few months that a member of the opposition has died in custody.
The Government of The Gambia should shed full light on the circumstances of these deaths allowing for an independent investigation.
It is imperative to respect the right to physical integrity of individuals held in state custody.  Human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Gambian Constitution and in the international treaties the country is party to need to be fully respected.