Gambia’s government commits serious human rights violations against perceived critics and political opponents, perpetuating a climate of fear and repression. 

The human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated since President Yahya Jammeh took power in 1994 and ruthlessly repressed all forms of dissent. State security forces and shadowy paramilitary groups carry out unlawful killings and arbitrarily arrest, detain, and forcibly disappear people, causing hundreds to flee the tiny country, best known internationally as a tourist destination. Most of the abuses documented in the report are from 2013 to 2015.