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Gambia: Progress in first 100 days of Barrow government requires major reform to break with brutal past

• 100 days into President Barrow’s rule, Amnesty International presents a human rights agenda for the country  • Commitment to International Criminal Court and release of political prisoners welcomed as major progress • Amnesty calls for repeal of repressive laws, reform of security forces, accountability for past human rights violations and abuses and abolition of the death penalty The Gambian authorities can make a decisive break from the country’s brutal past by repealing repressive laws, reforming the security services and ensuring accountability for past serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said today as Gambian President Adama Barrow marks 100 days in office.

Date:
27 April 2017
  • Research
  • Oman
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire Magazine April-June 2017: Voices from Kenya

In this April issue, we hear the voices of people from all over the globe speaking up to support human rights. Be inspired by an exiled human rights defender from Oman and by five women who are fighting for women’s rights. You will also hear about refugees who urged people on social media to take action to promote solutions to the global refugee crisis. Images from our video on the Syrian Saydnaya prison illustrate how inmates are being tortured and killed – we must demand this to end.

Date:
1 April 2017
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  • News
  • Gambia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • Gambia
  • Killings and Disappearances

Gambia has ridden itself of Yahya Jammeh - the world must not forget it when the news cycle moves on

Aisha was just two weeks old when her father Momodou was arrested. A long time supporter of Gambia’s largest opposition party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), he was arrested with several other UDP members on 16 April 2016 as they walked down the road with their arms linked in solidarity. They were calling for the release of political prisoners and demanding justice for their colleague Solo Sandeng, who  died after being tortured in state custody following his arrest during a peaceful protest.

Date:
9 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Gambia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

After Gambia elections, the climate of fear is disappearing

In April, I met a man named Solo Sandeng in a restaurant in Serekunda, a city close to Gambia’s Atlantic coast. At the time, Sandeng was a leading opposition figure in Gambia and with, eight months to go until presidential elections, he spoke passionately about his desire to fight incumbent President Yahya Jammeh at the December polls. I was deeply impressed by Sandeng’s courage in speaking out for his beliefs, but gravely worried that he was being reckless; Gambia’s security forces are well known for their blunt and brutal approach to handling political opposition.

Date:
8 December 2016
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • Campaigns
  • Gambia
  • Press Freedom

Gambia: Is Freedom Stirring in Banjul?

“We are ready for change!” These were the words of the taxi driver who picked me up from the airport in Gambia. We had just passed a huge billboard bearing the image of President Yahya Jammeh, and when I asked the driver about his political views I had expected the caution that is typical in Gambia, a country long dominated by fear and repression. This unexpected willingness to speak out was something I encountered again and again in Gambia, where I had come to attend the Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACPHR).

Date:
21 November 2016