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Prohibition of trade union activities, arbitrary arrests and the death of a trade union leader while in detention 29-02-2016

In January 2016, the President of Gambia responded to trade union protests against customs tax increases and fuel prices by issuing a Presidential Order banning union activities of the Gambian National Transport Control Association (GNTCA). Several union leaders were arrested during the protest action that took place in February 2016. One of them, Sheriff Diba of the Gambian Transport Control Association, died on February 21 while in detention in Mile 2 prison. Sheriff Diba’s death was reportedly the result of abuse and torture received in the offices of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Following the incident, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has filed a complaint with the ILO International Labour Organization A tripartite United Nations (UN) agency established in 1919 to promote working and living conditions. The main international body charged with developing and overseeing international labour standards.

See tripartism, ITUC Guide to international trade union rights
, urging investigation of violations of trade union rights in the country and an independent inquiry into the circumstances of Sheriff Diba’s death.

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