Gambia: joint UN-African team to probe deaths of Ghanaian nationals

15 August 2008

A joint fact-finding team from the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been set up to look into the deaths of a number of Ghanaian nationals who were found buried in Gambia in 2005, the world body announced today.

“The team was established at the request of both Governments to help bring about a peaceful closure to this matter, consistent with the principles of justice and respect for human rights and dignity,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.

Based in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, the team will be led by Curtis Ward, a UN-ECOWAS appointee.

The team will also include representatives appointed by the Governments of The Gambia and Ghana.


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