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The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on Thursday welcomed Gambia’s s decision to launch an investigation into its nationals recent deaths off the coast of Mauritania in west African.

In a press statement, the ACHPR said the decision by Gambia’s government to launch a full police investigation to get to the bottom of a recent boat disaster that killed scores of Gambians off the coast of Mauritania is commendable.

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A boat with at least 150 people on board sank of the coast of Mauritania on Nov. 27, leaving dozens of people dead, many of them Gambian migrants.

Gambia has already confirmed at least 52 nationals were among the dead in the Mauritania boat tragedy and sent a delegation to Mauritania to retrieve the bodies of its dead nationals as well return home survivors.

“The ACHPR welcomes Gambia’s establishment of the National Centralized Coordinating Centre mandated to deal with the type of emergency at hand and for launching a full police investigation to get to the bottom of this serious national disaster”.

“The Commission also renews its recommendations and urges the government to take concrete measures to discourage Gambians, especially the youth, from embarking on this life-threatening journey,” said the statement.

The ACHPR further called on the West African Bloc, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union (AU) and international community to continue to take concerted efforts to deal with the challenges of migration of African youths to Europe.

Every year thousands of African migrants use the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe, with a dream of finding better economic opportunities. However, its estimated hundreds don’t make it to Europe instead drown in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a quasi-judicial body established under Article 30 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to promote human and people’s rights and ensure their protection throughout Africa. Enditem

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