The following statement is from Babatunde Olugboji, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch:
“Yesterday, Gambians were able to exercise their right to elect their president. Today, a window of opportunity has opened for Gambians to leave fear behind and put respect for human rights front and center.
“That election day took place without violence or apparent political interference is a victory for democracy in a country that has for so long been denied it. Given the Jammeh government’s past record of intimidating and targeting perceived opponents, the transition period also carries risks. It is essential that during the political transition Gambian security forces continue to show respect for human rights and the rule of law.”