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Aboubacarr Saidykhan: It was unbelievable to my parents when I surfaced in my neighborhood

3 May

He fled to neighbouring Senegal after reported threats to his life, but his host country imprisonment him and threatened to have him deported. In this photo, he is being interviewed by a Senego TV on the occasion of Gambia’s independence anniversary (Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/Feb 2017)

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Senegal: No longer a sanctuary for African dissidents

9 Jan

The West African State has adopted a policy of expelling African refugees critical of their home countries

senegalese-president-macky-sall-walks-down-stairs-as-he-leaves-an-airplane-on-october-18-2012-upon-arrival-to-the-felix-houphouet-boigny-airport-in-abidjan-to-attend-the-58th-congress (photo credit: Getty Images)

Senegal president Macky Sall-walks-down-stairs-as-he-leaves-an-airplane-on-october-18-2012-upon-arrival-to-the-felix-houphouet-boigny-airport-in-abidjan-to-attend-the-58th-congress (photo credit: Getty Images)

By Modou S. Joof

Senegal has earned itself worldwide respect and recognition for its democratic principles, respect for human rights and the rule of law – democratic tenets founded by the West African country’s first President, Leopold Sedar Senghor from 1960 to 1980.

However, the government’s recent adoption of an unexpected policy of expelling African refugee dissidents, who have sought refuge in Senegal and are still critical of their home governments, is becoming worrisome.

Under the leadership of President Macky Sall, who was seen as an emblem for democracy in African following his election in 2012, the country has taken what observers calls a “democratic u-turn” by deporting African refugees to countries where their safety and security is not guaranteed. Continue reading

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