UPDATE: Gambia: Call for withdrawal of case after Dr. Touray
& Bojang-Sissoho released on bail
Dr. Isatou Touray, the Executive Director and Amie Bojang- Sissoho, Programme Coordinator for the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP) were arrested on Monday October 11th, 2010 by Gambian security personnel, detained at the Banjul Police station and then whisked to Banjul Magistrates Court the following day October 12th, which refused them bail and sent them to Mile Two Central Prisons.
Dr. Isatou Touray
and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho have for many years been active in the promotion of gender equality, rights of women and children, particularly in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and other discriminatory practices.
Dr Touray is also Secretary General of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC).
was named 'Gambian of the Year' in 2008 by The News and Report Weekly Magazine
work around FGM and promoting the rights of women and children.
Dr. Touray is a board member of Women Living Under Muslim Laws for the past two years, and both women have been active in the network which promotes and protects the rights of women, especially in Muslim contexts and communities.
The Coalition for Human Rights
in The Gambia is calling on the Gambia Government to respect the constitutional and human rights of Dr. Isatou Touray
and Amie Bojang Sissoho.