Falana Urges ECOWAS to Sanction Senegalese President Over Election Postponement


Human rights advocate Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has called upon the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to impose targeted sanctions, such as travel bans and asset freezes, on President Macky Sall of Senegal and his government officials.

Falana emphasized the urgency for ECOWAS to convene an extraordinary session to address and respond to the escalating violations of human rights and the rule of law in Senegal.

The demand comes in response to Sall’s recent decision to postpone this month’s elections, citing disputes over the eligibility of candidates.

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Falana argued that the postponement indicates a deliberate maneuver by Sall to manipulate the country’s Constitution, aiming to cling to power against the desires and popular will of the people.

“Imposing targeted sanctions on Mr. Sall and officials of his government is consistent with the provisions of ECOWAS treaties and protocols, including Article 45 (2) of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance,” Falana said in a statement.