Forced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, and other human rights violations continue under the government of President Yaya Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994. Gambian authorities routinely target voices of dissent, including journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents and critics, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In November 2014, two UN special rapporteurs gained access to the country for the first time and issued a report that found  that “torture is a consistent practice” by authorities and “avoiding arrest is a necessary preoccupation” for ordinary Gambians.