The Gambia Centre for Victims of Human rights Violations has announced a protest date to express their dissatisfaction with the calls for former president Jammeh to return home.

The Centre earlier urged the Barrow administration not to grant a permit to the former president’s APRC party to stage a rally calling for his return.

“We have also requested for a permit to stage a peaceful protest on the 23rd of January 2020 from the Arch 22 to the police headquarters in Banjul, to express our dissatisfaction with the issuance of the permit to APRC,” the Centre said in a press release.

Exiled former president Yahya Jammeh, who is accused of serious human rights violations including killings and torture, is seeking to come home.

Thousands of his supporters Thursday staged a rally demanding his return.

But the Victims’ Centre hours later after the APRC protest announced a date for their counter protest.

“While we recognise their right to protest, we believe that it is not done in good faith and it is geared towards mocking a nation.

“This party is demanding the return of a man who tried to stifle the voices of Gambians at all costs; who has brutalised, maimed, killed, sexually abused, tortured and victimised Gambians and non-Gambians in many ways,” the Centre said.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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