UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE GAMBIA Submission on behalf of Gambia Human Rights Network (GHRN) 20th session of the UPR Working Group, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2014 1. FOLLOW UP TO ...
Standing Up Against Injustice is both inspirational and instructive,emotional and riveting. A key element of this book is a focus on The Gambia’s human rights situation and political landscape, political turmoil; prison conditions and the plight of prisoners; the death penalty and executions; detention without trial, disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings; and, political repression and corruption. These are all addressed from Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh’s personal experience and knowledge as a trained journalist, political scientist, former cabinet minister, entrepreneur, former political prisoner sentenced to a life-term, and a leading critic of the dictatorial regime of President Yahya Jammeh. Standing Up Against Injustice looks at Amadou’s evolution from a seemingly shy […]
Cigar-trading diplomats and vowing to die than be ‘colonised twice': just a day in the life of The Gambia
Dictator Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia THERE is never a dull moment in the West African nation of The Gambia. The mere mention of the country stokes up images of its erratic rumbling leader named Yahya Jammeh, a man not averse to invoking mysticism to continue to hold his constituents in awe. News out of the country can often take a tinge of incredulity, the latest being the conviction of Gambian diplomats based in London for ordering 26 tonnes of tobacco, which was brought in through more than half a million 50g pouches, supposedly for personal consumption. Diplomats as part of their privileges under international law are allowed to import […]
On the 20th anniversary of the military coup that brought dictator Yahya Jahmmeh to power, Reporters Without Borders joins other free speech and human rights organizations in calling for an end to 20 years of impunity for human rights violation in Gambia. Gambian President Yahya Jahmmeh is one of the world’s 39 “Predators of press freedom.“ 22 July 1994 – 22 July 2014: 20 Years of Fear in Gambia Joint Statement On 22 July 1994, a group of military officers led by lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew President Dawda Jawara, who had been in power in Gambia since 1970. Supported by the Army, Yahya Jammeh proclaimed himself President of the Republic […]
February 10-19, 2014 A workshop on human rights in London and discussions with officials of the European Union in Brussels recently highlighted a 10-day flurry of activities by Gambian diaspora-based civil society organizations. Representatives from Coalition for Change – The Gambia (CCG), UK Campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia (CHRG), and Human Rights for All (HUMRA) among others, participated in the workshop organized by Amnesty International from February 10-12, 2014 aimed at building their capacity to engage with the United Nations’ human rights mechanisms. The event was conducted ahead of the forthcoming second cycle of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group slated for October 27 […]