Gambia: Sharp deterioration of human rights in 21st year of President Jammeh’s rule

Yahya JammehThe 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.”

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