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Gambia lawmakers vote against lifting ban on skin bleaching

– – Gambia lawmakers have voted against lifting a ban on skin bleaching and the use of creams for that purpose. The attorney general, presented to parliament the bill on the prohibition of skin bleaching for consideration. Former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh in 1996 imposed the ban which stopped the importation and sale of skin-bleaching creams. The current Adama Barrow-led government last year sponsored the bill to repeal the 24- year-old law that prohibits importation, sale, possession and use of such creams. According to the government the law is discriminatory…

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Germany detains Gambian driver of Jammeh’s ‘hit-squad unit’

– – A Gambian man has been detained in Germany for alleged role in some killings under ex-president Yahya Jammeh. The man Bai L, according to German police is suspected of participating in crimes against humanity while serving as driver for the feared paramilitary unit of Jammeh. He is accused of driving officers from the paramilitary unit known as the Junglers to carry out treacherous acts. The Junglers unit has been described as a hit squad for Mr Jammeh, executing several killings of his opponents under is orders. Among some…

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Ex-Gambian President Jammeh tied to killing of 59 migrants

– – Testimony before Gambia’s truth commission implicating then-president Yahya Jammeh in the summary execution in 2005 of about 59 West African migrants should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. From February 24 to March 11, 2021, witnesses told the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that migrants bound for Europe from Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo, plus their Gambian contact, were held by Jammeh’s top lieutenants in the security services before being murdered by the “Junglers,” a notorious…

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Ghana’s President was misled over migrant massacre in Gambia

– – In 2005, some 59 West African migrants were murdered in the Gambia. The migrants were hoping to reach Senegal enroute to Europe through the Mediterranean. The truth of what actually happened only emerged after ex-leader Yahya Jammeh left office. Since his exit from power in 2017, he has been implicated by some of his former soldiers, who said he ordered the killings. Two Gambian soldiers who worked for Jammeh’s hit squad in 2019 admitted to participating on Jammeh’s orders in the 2005 execution of the 59 West African…

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ICC elects Britain’s Karim Khan as next chief prosecutor

– – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has elected a British Barrister Karim Khan as its new chief prosecutor. Karim Khan was elected by the court’s 131 member states at the UN in New York. He will replace Fatou Bensouda from the Gambia when her tenure expires in June this year. Mr. Khan was one of only four candidates that contested the election after five other candidates, including a Nigerian and Uganda judge dropped out of the process. Karim Khan was the lawyer who represented Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto…

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Gambia: Tension heightens over reported return of Yahya Jammeh

– – There is tension in the Gambia among citizens over the reported return of former President Yahya Jammeh. Several media reports have suggested that Jammeh has been spotted in Guinea heading to The Gambia. The reports also indicate that his supporters have started cleaning his Kanilai home and farm in anticipation of his return. But in a strongly worded statement, the Gambia Government said the misleading reports have caused tension in the West African country. “Significantly, these baseless reports have provoked anxiety and tension among members of the public. – – Equally, the misinformation…

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Gambia: President Barrow officially launches new political party

– – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has officially launched his National People’s Party (NPP) as he presses on for his re-election bid this year. The party was launched over the weekend as he pushed for support for his candidacy for the presidential election on December 4. He told his supporters in Bakau that the NPP “is the party of all categories, based on the notion of true democratic and patriotic citizenship.” A large crowd of delegates and supporters gathered at the Independence Stadium in Bakau amid the Coronavirus pandemic for…

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Families of migrants killed under Jammeh sue Gambia, Ghana

– – The families of some West African migrants who were killed in Gambia under former leader Yahya Jammeh have sued the governments of Gambia and Ghana. Assisted by ANEKED, they filed complaints on Wednesday against the two governments before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice for infringing several international human rights, including the right to judicial remedies. In July 2005, 44 Ghanaian migrants as well as some 12 other West Africans (from Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Côte d’Ivoire) including two women (one reportedly pregnant) forcibly disappeared in The Gambia while on their way to Europe by sea. A…

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Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

– – The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work. The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy. A statement from the government said “Travellers destined to The Gambia shall show evidence of Negative PCR Test Results conducted not more 72 hours prior to arrival.” It adds that “Isolation is no…

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Why older women seek love with young men in Gambia

– – These thrill-seeking grannies are young at heart . . . and in the loins. A new documentary that premiered last night in the UK reports on a new tourism trend seeing older European women traveling to West African country Gambia for love and sex with younger men. In turn, the aspirational Gambian men may often receive gifts of tens of thousands of dollars for their company. British broadcaster Seyi Rhodes, host of the special on BBC’s Channel 4 network titled “Sex on the Beach,” described the Gambian nightlife scene as…

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