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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 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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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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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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The aftermath of the failed coup in the Gambia: Arrests and detentions continue

TweetOn 30 December 2014, some members of the Gambian opposition and dissidents in the Diaspora took up arms with the aim of overthrowing the regime of President Yahya Jammeh. The coup was foiled, but the attempt has triggered a crackdown … Continue reading

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20 years of President Yayah Jammeh in power

TweetSince his accession to power by coup d’etat on 22 July 1994, President Yayah Jammeh has been accused of ruling the Gambia with an iron fist. After 20 years in office, his record has been tarnished by allegations of serious … Continue reading

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Journalist reporting on refugee issues detained in the Gambia

TweetInternational Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is concerned about the arrest of two journalists by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Monday 13 January 2014. The publisher and managing editor of the private newspaper The Voice and Pan African News Agency (PANA) … Continue reading

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Human rights abuses in the Gambia – home to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

TweetUnder the leadership of Dawda Kairaba Jawara, the Gambia was known as a stable and democratic country where people could enjoy basic rights. However, since Yaha Jammeh came to power in a coup d’etat in July 1994, a lot has … Continue reading

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