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Abubacarr Tambadou Pushed for Justice at Home and Abroad

Abubacarr Tambadou, who just stepped down as Gambia’s attorney general, was the right man at the right time for the country’s democratic transition. His tenure helped Gambia confront a legacy of abuse and his departure should not slow…
Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou speaks on the first day of hearings in a case against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population at the International Court of Justice

Truth Commission Hears Testimony Against Yahya Jammeh

It’s been a dramatic week for Gambia. As Gambians stayed glued to their radios and TVs, three admitted henchmen of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh implicated him before the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (…
TRRC lead counsel Essa Faal questioning Staff Sgt. Amadou Badjie at Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, July 25, 2019

Truth Commission Should Complement Justice for Jammeh-era Crimes

“This is the new Gambia,” Jobe, a Gambian taxi driver told me, as I arrived in the country for the first time since the inauguration of President Adama Barrow. Three months after erstwhile strongman Yahya Jammeh left Gambian soil, the…
Supporters of Gambian President Adama Barrow, who was inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy in neighbouring Senegal, gather to receive him as he arrives from Dakar, in Banjul, Gambia January 26, 2017.

Speech by Daniel Bekele, Senior Director for Africa Advocacy, Human Rights Watch

The following is the transcript of a speech given by Daniel Bekele, Human Rights Watch senior director for Africa advocacy, at the Gambia National Stakeholders Conference on Justice and Human Rights, May 23-25, 2017.Introduction Thank you to…

South Africa, Burundi Now Outliers on Exit

Gambia’s announcement this week that it would rejoin the International Criminal Court sends a strong message of support for the court and victims of grave international crimes. Along with Burundi – and its soaring human rights violations in the past year…
The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Opposition to Withdrawal by States

The African Union made headlines Tuesday for purportedly agreeing to mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The reality is more complex. The decision by AU member states welcomes the announced withdrawals by South Africa,…
A general view shows the headquarters of the African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017.

Adama Barrow Promises to Turn Page on Rights Abuses

“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” Sanna told me as he and hundreds of Gambians gathered outside their country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal to celebrate the inauguration today of President Adama Barrow. Barrow took the oath of office at the embassy…
Gambians await the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow outside the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Jammeh Had Conceded Defeat, Agreed to Peaceful Transition

(Nairobi) – On December 9, 2016, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced that he had rejected the country’s presidential election results “in totality” and called for new elections when resources permitted it. He indicated that he was responding to…

Security Forces Should Respect Human Rights During Transition

(Nairobi) – Gambia’s Independent Election Commission announced early on December 2, 2016, that Adama Barrow, the candidate of a coalition of eight opposition parties, had won Gambia’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Yahya…
Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate Barrow's election victory in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016.

Opposition Activists Jailed Ahead of Presidential Election

“We want you to help us.” This was the message a Gambian human rights activist delivered to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at a Gambia-focused panel discussion in Banjul, Gambia’s capital, on Friday. The African Commission’…
Members of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), including UDP leader Ousainou Darboe, march in Banjul on April 16 to protest the death in custody of opposition activist Solo Sandeng. Gambian security forces beat protestors with batons and arreste
U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…