Author Archives: Djibril Balde

Gambia in search of justice: the cases against former Interior Minister Ousmane Sonko

TweetOn 26 January 2017, Gambia’s former Interior Minister, Ousmane Sonko, was arrested near Berne in Switzerland and charged with crimes against humanity. Two alleged victims, supported by the Swiss NGO TRIAL International, recently filed criminal charges against Sonko, claiming that … Continue reading

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The Kampala Convention: Time for Ratification

TweetDjibril Balde with Kristof Orlans In October 2009, the African Union adopted The Kampala Convention, (the Convention) which was designed for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa. It came into force in 2012, 30 days after … Continue reading

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The post-electoral impasse in the Gambia

TweetDjibril Balde with Kristof Orlans A week after accepting defeat in the Gambia’s 1 December polls, President Yahya Jammeh, in an extraordinary volte-face, rejected the results of the presidential election and ordered soldiers to take control of the Independent Electoral Commission … Continue reading

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Gambia: elections in a climate of fear and impunity

TweetOn 1 December 2016, Gambians will go to the polls to elect a president with the likely scenario being the incumbent, President Yahya Jammeh will be re-elected for a fifth time. Twenty-two years ago, Jammeh was a young army officer … Continue reading

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Atrocities in Beni: Struggling to Make Sense of the Violence

TweetOn 2 June 2016, the Congolese organisation Filimbi asked Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to investigate the ongoing situation near Beni, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the … Continue reading

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Democratic Republic of Congo: tense electoral process

TweetThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still without an electoral calendar, despite the fact that presidential elections are supposed to be held this year. As a result, the political climate is tense, compounded by the uncertainty of who will … Continue reading

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Guinea: Post-election violence averted, but strong tensions remain

TweetOn 17 October 2015, Alpha Condé, the incumbent president of the Republic of Guinea was declared the winner of Guinea’s presidential elections. With 58% of the vote, Condé was able to avoid a second round. The opposition, led by Cellou … Continue reading

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Despite a presidential pardon, human rights abuses continue in the Gambia

TweetOn 22 July 2015, to mark the 21st anniversary of his accession to power, President Jammeh announced that he would release approximately 200 detainees in the country. Among those released were all of those who had been convicted of treason … Continue reading

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A significant step in the fight against impunity for African leaders

TweetFor years, people have wondered if Hissène Habré would ever be brought to justice. Therefore, the start of his trial in Dakar, Senegal on 20 July 2015 by the Extraordinary African Chambers marks an important turning point in the fight … Continue reading

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Refugees’ testimonies support the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s report on the Gambia

TweetOn 16 March 2015, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Mendez, released the report of his November 2014, visit to the Gambia. Torture is a crime under Section 21 of … Continue reading

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