The Gambia Refugees Association Europe Branch has expressed “utter” dismay at the way and manner in which a Gambian refugee was manhandled by the German police in Offenburg last week.
In statement signed by Kalifa Suwareh, the Secretary General of Gambia Refugees Association Europe Branch said, the organisation condemned in the strongest terms the police action on the victim and called on the Gambian Government to react to what it described as “inhumane treatment against its citizen.”
“The said victim is seen in a video that was reported in the German media and made viral on social media, where he was wrestled on the ground while he was naked and seriously manhandled. This inhumane action of the police reminds us of the George Floyd case, which happened two years ago in the USA,” the Gambia Refugees Association Europe Branch said.
The organisation pointed out that the victim needed medical support. “The Gambian refugee is suffering from mental illness and needs psychological support instead of being subjected to maltreatment, harassment, and discrimination as evident in the video,” the Gambia Refugees Association Europe Branch said.
It called on the Gambian Government to “ensure that Germany reprimands the concerned police officers who subjected our citizen to such inhumane treatment.”
By Bakary Ceesay