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Gambia: Response to the departure of Yahya Jammeh

Following the departure of Gambia’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, Steve Cockburn said: "After 22 years of fear, Gambians now have a unique opportunity to become a model for human rights in West Africa, in which no one need to be afraid to stand up or speak out. We hope the international community will support the new government and the Gambian people in this journey.

Date:
22 January 2017
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  • Gambia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Gambia: Adama Barrow must not forget his big promises

As Adama Barrow is scheduled to be inaugurated in Senegal this afternoon, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher said: "Today’s inauguration ceremony of Adama Barrow is a moment to remember the risks currently faced by Gambians, and also gives an opportunity to reflect on hopes for the future”. “We must not forget the big promises Adama Barrow has made to free political prisoners, remove repressive laws, and bring Gambia back to the International Criminal Court”.

Date:
19 January 2017
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  • Africa
  • Detention

Gambia: State of Emergency no license for repression

Soldiers Arbitrarily Detained as Political Crisis Deepens President Yahya Jammeh’s declared state of emergency in Gambia provides no justification for a crackdown on peaceful dissent around the January 19, 2017 deadline for the new government to take office, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Since 15 January, security forces loyal to President Jammeh have arbitrarily detained at least five officers and enlisted men suspected of opposing Jammeh’s bid to remain in office.

Date:
18 January 2017
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  • Gambia
  • Demonstrations

Gambia: Arrests, media closures as deadline nears

The government of President Yahya Jammeh, defeated in Gambia’s December presidential election, has arbitrarily arrested opposition sympathizers and closed three independent radio stations in the past week, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Jammeh is required under Gambia’s constitution to cede power to president-elect Adama Barrow by January 19, 2017. Since December 31, intelligence agents have arrested and briefly detained at least six people for wearing or selling t-shirts bearing the logo of the #Gambiahasdecided movement, which has called for Jammeh to respect the election results and step down.

Date:
5 January 2017
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  • Gambia
  • Demonstrations

Gambia: Risk of instability and repression

Following the announcement on state TV on Friday by President Yahya Jammeh that he rejects the results of the 1st December election results and would not tolerate protest, Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher said:  “President Jammeh’s rejection of the election results and his statement that he will not tolerate protest risks leading to instability and possible repression.

Date:
10 December 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: Another 11 peaceful protesters released on bail

Following a decision by the Appeal Court this morning to release on bail a further 11 opposition supporters arrested in Banjul for participating in a peaceful gathering in April, Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher said: "The release on bail of these 11 individuals means that all those arrested in April and May’s peaceful protests are now free and able to return home to their families – which is exactly where they should be as they committed no crime.

Date:
8 December 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: Opposition leader released on bail

Following the release on bail of opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and 18 other peaceful protestors this afternoon by an Appeal Court in Gambia, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher said: "The release of Ousainou Darboe and the 18 other peaceful protestors on bail is a big moment for them and their families, and we hope that this positive step indicates that they will be fully acquitted in due course.

Date:
5 December 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Gambia: Championing human rights and justice for all must be a priority

In response to announcement that President Yayah Jammeh has accepted his defeat following the presidential election, Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s Researcher for West and Central Africa currently in Gambia said: “For many years the people of Gambia have suffered numerous abuses, including horrific human rights violations and oppression. ” "The last two weeks have shown how much Gambians of all parties value free speech.

Date:
2 December 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Internet and Social Media

Gambia: Communication blackout shatters illusion of freedom during the election

In response to blocks on the internet and other communications networks in Gambia amid today’s presidential election, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa said: “This is an unjustified and crude attack on the right to freedom of expression in Gambia, with mobile internet services and text messaging cut off on polling day. ” “Shutting down these communication networks shatters the illusion of freedom that had emerged during the two weeks period of the electoral campaign, when restrictions appeared to have been eased.

Date:
1 December 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Demonstrations

Gambia: Freedom of expression must not end after votes are counted

Authorities in Gambia must take all appropriate measures to ensure that forthcoming elections – including the period following the results - are held in a climate that is free from violence and which fully respects the right of all people to freely express their views, Amnesty International said today. "The thousands of Gambians who have taken part in rallies for all candidates over the last two weeks is a remarkable sign of how precious the right to freedom of expression is in a country where it has been so rarely permitted,” said Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

Date:
30 November 2016
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  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

ICC: States must strengthen, not abandon, only route to justice for millions of victims

Victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations deserve to have their day in court, Amnesty International said as it urged states to work to strengthen, rather than withdraw from, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The call comes on the eve of the 15th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute – the ICC’s founding treaty – taking place from 16 to 24 November in The Hague, Netherlands.

Date:
15 November 2016
  • News
  • Gambia
  • International Justice

Gambia: Withdrawal from ICC a drastic blow to countless victims globally

Following the announcement yesterday by the Gambian Information Minister that Gambia has withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa said: “The announcement is a blow to millions of victims around the world, particularly coming as it does on the heels of recent moves by South Africa and Burundi to also withdraw from the ICC”.

Date:
26 October 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: Prison sentences for opposition leaders continues downward spiral for human rights

The conviction of opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and 18 other peaceful protestors highlights the continuing downward spiral for human rights in Gambia, Amnesty International said today. Following a court decision this afternoon, 19 people including the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) have been sentenced to three years imprisonment. They were found guilty on six counts relating to participating in unauthorised protests on 16 April 2016 in the outskirts of the capital Banjul.

Date:
20 July 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: Crackdown and brutal repression in run up to elections

Authorities in Gambia must free dozens of political prisoners and end the brutal crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ahead of elections later this year or face suspension from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Amnesty International said in a new report published today. Dangerous to Dissent: human rights under threat in Gambia, launched two days before ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government meet in Dakar and six months before Gambia’s presidential elections, outlines the brutal repression of opposition demonstrations in April and May 2016.

Date:
2 June 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: Investigate Death in Custody, Free Protesters

The suspicious death in custody of opposition political leader Solo Sandeng and the arrest of his party leader, Ousainu Darboe, and other party members in recent days underscore the repressive nature of the Gambia’s government, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and ARTICLE 19 said today. The groups said the government of President Yahya Jammeh should ensure an independent and impartial investigation into Sandeng’s death, immediately release all peaceful protesters and free Alhagie Ceesay, a journalist arbitrarily detained since July 2015 and currently gravely ill in hospital.

Date:
18 April 2016
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  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: Death in detention of key political activist

Authorities in Gambia must immediately investigate the death in detention of a well-known political activist and release all other peaceful protestors who have been detained, Amnesty International said today. According to information received by Amnesty International, Solo Sandeng, the National Organizing Secretary of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), died in detention shortly after his arrest for participating in a peaceful protest.

Date:
16 April 2016