The confusion and lack of transparency for several days over whether the executions actually took place, and accompanying uncertainty about the identity of those executed, is unacceptable, particularly for the family members of those killed. Secretly executing individuals without informing their families amounts to inhuman treatment. ... The statement by President Yahya Jammeh that all remaining death sentences would be carried out by mid-September is extremely worrying, and raises serious questions about the motivation behind the sudden rush to execute.
Pillay also noted that the fairness of capital trials in the nation made the recent executions particularly suspect and might be contrary to requirements of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [treaty text] which was ratified by the Gambia.
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