Death of Gambian Activist After Rally Condemned by Rights Group

Gambian authorities must investigate the death of political activist and opposition party member Solo Sandberg after protests in the West African nation, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

Sandberg, national organising secretary for the United Democratic Party, died in detention on April 14 after taking part in a rally calling for electoral reforms in Gambia, the London-based rights group said.

Gambia, led by President Yahya Jammeh for more than 20 years, has ramped up its abuses of human rights, targeting homosexuals and government opponents and their family members since an attempted coup in January 2015, Amnesty said in July. The government has denied the claims.

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