Gambia Interior Minister Mai Ahmed Fatty
Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty has expressed sympathy to officers of The Gambia Police Force in an address to them today at a ‘training of trainers’ on human rights protection. And, promised to address challenges facing the force such as facilities and infrastructure.
The event is organised by the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa ((IHRDA) at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, which is designed for law enforcers to “inculcate human rights protection mechanisms when carrying their functions.”
Minister Fatty said: “I know the police force and other agencies are working under extremely difficult conditions.
“The challenges are humongous in terms of facilities, infrastructure, and capacity. We will get there. I am with you… I understand your problems.
“I know how hard life is for you and how you struggle to make ends meet. I understand your problems of logistics, and I understand even your perennial issue of social responsibility.”
He added: “The police need to be respected, and certainly we’re going to reform. We will review and expand. And we will make the force look attractive where community policing of which human rights is at the centre.
“I want the trainers who are here today to understand that you’re dealing with your own people.
“When we say we must respect the right of a subject not to be detained beyond the constitutional period, put yourself in their own shoe.”
According to Fatty, on December 1, 2016, Gambians voted for a future in which their “sovereignty and dignity” will be upheld adding that “they voted not only to change their life or government but a system.
He said they replaced it with something that they desire and want their sovereignty and dignity to be upheld. And, want constitutionality and rule of law. He added: “They want an enabling environment where they can realize their God-given talent.”
He said he is tasked with internal security of, which human right is an integral component. He said human rights is the foundation for good governance adding that one cannot talk about development if it is not centred on the human individual.
According to him such are the reasons training is absolutely essential because it will ensure that the new skills and experiences participants will acquire can share it among all coordinating institutions and agencies under his ministry.
“Our constitution is one of the best. We have entrenched clauses that protect the fundamental rights and liberties of the individual. We don’t need more laws, what we need is the effective enforcement of the existing laws. And if we go by the dictates of the constitutions and the directive principles of state policies, I think we will find our job easier”, said Fatty.