Yahya Jammeh

  • Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule in Gambia was marked by widespread abuses, including forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and arbitrary detention. He sought exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017 after losing the December 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow.

    In October 2017, Gambian and international rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, launched the “Campaign to Bring Yahya Jammeh and his Accomplices to Justice” (#Jammeh2Justice), which calls for prosecuting Jammeh and others who bear the greatest responsibility for his government’s crimes under international fair trial standards.

    Human Rights Watch’s work on the Campaign is coordinated by Reed Brody, who earlier assisted the victims in the landmark prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré.