Anxiety prevails in the Gambia as the people await what becomes of their country come January 19. Will this country tow the path of peace or anarchy? Will Gambians a new president? Will the incumbent remain in power? On this day of destiny, current president, Yahya Jammeh is expected to relinquish power and the president elect, Adama Barrow will resume as the country’s president. This day is expected to be special because it will be the first time that this West Africa nation is peacefully transferring power since Independence. Please…Read More
ATLANTA(MaraviPost): President Jammeh rejects the elections results. A week after admitting defeat! He claimed, after declaring himself that the process was fair and transparent, that there were “abnormalities” and therefore rejected totally the results and is now calling for fresh elections. This is Deja vu! Please follow and like us:Read More
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: Please follow and like us:Read More
Following the release on bail of opposition leader and 18 other peaceful protestors this afternoon by an Appeal Court in Gambia, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher said: Please follow and like us:Read More
President Yaya Jammeh has presided over the West African country of The Gambia for 22 years, since coming to power by military coup. His rule has been characterized by the imprisonment, torture, extrajudicial execution, and forced disappearances of citizens and journalists. Musa Saidykhan is one of these journalists. On 28 March 2008, Musa was arrested at The Independent newspaper during a media crackdown in the lead up to national elections. He spent three weeks in detention, enduring brutal torture, including being stabbed by a bayonet and having electric shocks applied…Read More
Gambian authorities must release peaceful protesters and community members, including a man in his 70s, who were arbitrarily arrested and detained last week, said Amnesty International today.
At least 40 people were arrested by police during and after a largely peaceful protest by young people and community members in the town of Kartong on Sunday 22 November 2015. The protest, against sand mining in the area, was largely peaceful although witnesses have reported that the situation between some of the protestors and the security forces appeared tense at times.Read More
The human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated sharply during President Yahya Jammeh’s 21st year in power, said Amnesty International on the anniversary of his 1994 coup d’état.
“The climate of fear which has blighted the lives of Gambians for more than two decades worsened over the last 12 months with journalists, people perceived to be gay or lesbian, and those considered to be opponents of the regime and their families increasingly targeted,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa researcher.
“A severe backlash following December’s failed coup attempt has seen a spike in the numbers of arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances. In a further worrying step, last Friday President Jammeh stated that those on death row should expect to have their sentences carried out.”Read More
Gambia has again demonstrated its blatant disregard for human rights by stopping a UN team from investigating allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, Amnesty International said today.
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, were denied access to detention centres where prisoners are believed to be at high risk of torture.Read More
Gambia is a small country in West Africa, with a population of about 1.7 million. Fortunately, Gambia has not been hit as hard by HIV/AIDS as other African countries, and only about 2% of its inhabitants are infected. Under its current president, Yahya Jammeh,
Gambia has seen important public health progress, and now, Jammeh has proposed something that has managed to anger all Western medical experts: that AIDS can potentially be cured through natural herbal remedies.
Real cure or false hope?