The Human Rights Committee of the National Assembly has beneficial for the Gambia Police Force (GPF) to desist from causing any inhumane and degrading remedy on detainees with rapid impact.

This advice used to be made following the committee’s section 1 oversight consult with to some primary detention Centres throughout the Kanifing Municipal Council and the West Coast Region.

As indicated within the record the consult with used to be aimed to toughen the figuring out of lawmakers with problems such because the stipulations of the detention amenities together with the supply of services and products, meals and water, choice of individuals according to cellular within the nation right through the section 1 of the consult with.

The consult with used to be additionally supposed to know the inhabitants throughout the detention amenities, class of inmates and detainees, justification of detention, length of detention, COVID-19 Preventive measures, and govt’s manner to attaining potency around the jail property and get admission to to training, coaching and different useful actions.

Tabling the record ahead of the legislature, Hon. Suwaibou Touray, member for Wuli East Constituency, reported to the meeting that the consult with used to be within the context of making sure the glory for the elemental human rights of the prisoners and detainees, taking into account the ancient realities of the Gambia’s jail gadget.

He mentioned that right through the consult with on the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), they seen that partitions of the rooms have been coated up through crimson paint and nonetheless had stays of what appeared to be blood stains and chain hooks.

“The committee members voiced their concerns, noting that the modification was undue and perhaps amounted to interference of some sort. At the kitchen of the NIA, the committee observed that the inmates cook with facilitation from officers. The medical centre however serves merely as a provision for basic medical care and doesn’t have the capacity to deal with compound medical conditions,” he mentioned.

Dwelling at the Juvenile Wing on the Jeshwang Prisons, the committee seen that the air flow within the cells wanted growth because the rooms had been poorly ventilated, and the superiority of mattress insects and mosquitoes used to be a priority for the juveniles that had been in custody.

At the Adult Wing of the Jeshwang Prisons, he mentioned the committee seen that the gap designated for the management used to be moderately restricted.

“At the Kairaba Police Station, with regard to the welfare of the detainees, the committee was informed about an appropriation of five D5.00 for dinner per detainee. The committee also observed that there were several mattresses sacked beside the cell and upon inquiry about the purpose of the said mattresses, it emerged that they were utilised by officers engaged in protest management to contain the “3 years Jotna” protestors,” he instructed the meeting.

Hon. Touray additional instructed the meeting that right through their consult with to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Director General raised worry to the committee that the company is unarmed opposite to usual world follow, and the committee used to be additional knowledgeable through the DG that the contraband that the company is tasked to battle is one this is extremely profitable for perpetrators.

“During our visit to the Bundung Police Station, the Commissioner for Police for Kanifing East acknowledged the constraints regarding sanitation as the detainees are responsible for the cleanliness of the cells. The Commissioner also raised budgetary constraints of the police, which he said hampers the timely payment of service providers such as the catering services, and the allocation remains D5 per detainee, which is highly insufficient,” he reported.

The advice made through the Human Rights Committee on the conclusion of its oversight consult with to primary detention facilities are as thus;

The air flow of police stations be progressed to ensure that air move and progressed visibility;

The IGP and Minister of Interior take accountability of making sure police cells are blank and hygienic all the time;

Mosquito nets be positioned at the air flow holes of each and every detention facility within the Gambia to cut back the inflow of mosquitoes;

The allocation of D5 to police detainees be steadily reviewed with rapid impact;

The police power, increase and enhance the welfare of youngsters and ladies below detention;

The police power, desist from causing any inhumane and degrading remedy on detainees with rapid impact;

The Gambia Prison Service develops a short lived measure for curtailing the overcrowding on the remand wing pending the final touch of the brand new jail halls;

The Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Finance create the cheap line for the jail’s scientific and emergency services and products;