About the Solo Sandeng Foundation
The Solo Sandeng Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democracy, human rights, and social justice in The Gambia and beyond. The foundation was named after Solo Sandeng, a Gambian political activist who was arrested and killed in 2016 for protesting against draconian electoral laws by the regime of ex president Yahya Jammeh. The foundation works to continue Solo Sandeng's legacy of standing up for justice, civil and political freedom and striving for a better future for all Gambians.
Our Founding principles
The Solo Sandeng Foundation was established in memory of Solo Sandeng, a prominent Gambian opposition figure who was arrested, tortured, and killed by the Gambian government in 2016 for leading a protest march. The Foundation aims to promote democracy, human rights, and social justice in The Gambia, and its founding principles reflect these values.
The first founding principle of the Solo Sandeng Foundation is the promotion of democracy. The Foundation believes that democracy is essential for the well-being of society and the protection of individual rights. It supports the advancement of democratic institutions, the rule of law, and free, fair conduct of elections. It also advocates for the participation of all citizens in the political process and the protection of their civil and political rights.
The second founding principle of the Solo Sandeng Foundation is the promotion of human rights. The Foundation believes that all human beings are entitled to certain fundamental rights, including the right to life, liberty, security of person, the right to freedom of thought and expression, political association and the right to fair trial. The Foundation works to promote and protect these rights in The Gambia, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Our third founding principle is the promotion of social justice. The Foundation believes that all individuals should have equal access to opportunities and resources, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic status. The Foundation works to address the root causes of social inequality and discrimination and advocates for policies that promote economic, social, and cultural rights.
The fourth founding principle of the Solo Sandeng Foundation is the commitment to non-violence. We believe that lasting change can only be achieved through peaceful means. It condemns all forms of violence, including state-sponsored violence, and works to promote peaceful conflict resolution and the protection of human life and dignity.
The fifth and final founding principle of the Solo Sandeng Foundation is the promotion of accountability and transparency. The Foundation believes that governments, institutions, and individuals should be held accountable for their actions and decisions. It advocates for transparency in government, freedom of assembly and political participation.
In conclusion, the Solo Sandeng Foundation is founded on the principles of democracy, human rights, social justice, nonviolence, and accountability. These principles guide the Foundation's work to promote a just and equitable society in The Gambia and beyond. Our commitment to these values is a testament to the legacy of Solo Sandeng and his lifelong dedication to the cause of freedom and justice.