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Gambia: Adama Barrow to face five others in presidential poll

– – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is set to face five other candidates in next month’s presidential election due on December 4. It will be the first time Gambians will be voting for a president without ex-leader Yahya Jammeh contesting. The last time he contested, he refused to concede defeat after losing to current President Adama Barrow. Jammeh however was forced to go into exile after external pressure for him to concede defeat and exit power. Other candidates for next month’s polls include Barrow’s former political mentor Ousainou Darboe, 73,…

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Gambia: Commission uncovered ex-President’s alleged crimes

– – Testimony before a Gambian truth commission linking former president Yahya Jammeh to numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch said today with the release of a video, “Truth and Justice in Gambia.” On May 27, 2021, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) is scheduled to conclude over two years of publicly televised sessions. Victims and former government officials who testified at the hearings, which began in January 2019, tied Jammeh to the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of about 59…

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Gambia: Ex-president Jammeh vows to return from exile

Former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh who has been in exile since 2017 in the Equatorial Guinea has vowed to return to the country. He is heard in a latest audio telling a member of his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party of his intention to come back from exile. In February this year there was tension in the Gambia among citizens over Yahya Jammeh‘s reported return from exile. Several media reports suggested at the time that Jammeh has been spotted in Guinea heading to The Gambia. The…

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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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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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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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Yahya Jammeh supporters demand his return to Gambia

The campaign for the return of Yahya Jammeh to the Gambia is gathering storm despite moves by the Barrow government to prosecute him. The country’s Justice Minister has hinted that the former president must be charged for stealing over $1 billion and the atrocities he allegedly committed whilst in office. But his sympathizers and supporters of his party the APRC are unperturbed as they push for Jammeh’s return to the country. Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Deputy leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction announced that Jammeh is coming home in…

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Gambia: More women accuse Jammeh of sexual abuse

An anonymous protocol officer has accused former President Yaya Jammeh of sexual harassment during his tenure. The witness said Jammeh gave her $1955 (100,000 Dalasi) in their first meeting. Few months later she was given an appointment letter from the Personnel Management Office as a protocol officer with salary over $117 (6,000 Dalasi). The witness said whenever the former president is visiting his home village of Kanilai they (protocol officers) will escort him. During this period Jammeh will sometimes invite the female protocol officers in turns into his room with the assistance…

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