‘This is not freedom … I’m just in a bigger jail’

Imam Baba Leigh was held for almost six months in incommunicado detention in The Gambia ©Kibaaro.com By Imam Baba Leigh, Gambian Muslim scholar and human rights activist.

Just a few days ago, on 22 October, I was given an award from the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network. I was not expecting it, which makes me all the more happy and appreciative.

Sadly, I was not allowed to go and receive it in my home country, The Gambia, because there was a chance I could be arrested there.

My responsibility, as a Muslim and as a scholar, is to ensure people enjoy their human rights, regardless of colour, race, gender, religion, tradition, economic status or anything else. We are all human beings at the end of the day. As a human rights activist receiving such a prestigious award is wonderful. You feel your work is recognised and encouraged.

Problems for me started when, in August 2012, our head of state President Jammeh promised to execute several inmates.

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Posted in Gambia | Tagged , | 5 Comments

  1. lee thunderheart says:

    God bless you brother.keep up the good work.the world needs people like you.peace

  2. karyn bryson says:

    You are walking along the honourable path. I am sorry for you troubles but you are a great example of peaceful co-existence of all peoples. Blessings on you. May Allah support you in your troubles.

  3. Prince Williams says:

    If people of your kind are committed in doing human right activities the world would have become a better place for every one because live and let live is the best for peace to reign. Who so ever that is against human right activities in your country will be expose and disgrace as negotiation is better than violent.

  4. Amber Grisetti says:

    You are not alone. Bless you for all that you have done. I would like you to know that your efforts are greatly appreciated, and admired. I wish that there were more people like you. THANK YOU.

  5. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest
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