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Stories about Gambia

13 December 2019

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

4 December 2019

Tears with truth: The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

President Barrow’s triumph at the polls set the stage for "righting the wrongs" of the past. For Gambians, this interim leadership provided a reset button for transitional justice, following years of brutality.

28 November 2019

The Gambia confronts the nightmare of witch hunts under former regime

In The Gambia, alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft.

18 October 2019

From dictatorship to democracy: All eyes on The Gambia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review

Ahead of The Gambia's Universal Periodic Review, which issues top the agenda of civil society organizations? "There has been a kind of a media boom after the dictatorship."

2 February 2018

Gambian University Instructor Detained for Newspaper Interview, Then Released

Advox

"We voted for a change of SYSTEM. NOT JUST a President."

30 January 2017

‘Operation Restore Democracy’ Raises Hopes and Demands Across Africa

Energized by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ouster, Africans are now criticizing many of the region's international groups for failing to remove other “dictators.”

27 January 2017

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

15 December 2016

Gambians Fear President Jammeh Is ‘Putting the Lives of Citizens at Risk’ With His Rejection of Election Results

In a televised address Jammeh criticised the electoral commission and proposed fresh elections to be organised by "God-fearing" people.

1 December 2016

Polls Open Amid Communications Blackout in The Gambia

The Gambia has shut off all external communications as citizens cast their votes in the country's presidential elections, by blocking both the internet and international phone calls.

28 November 2016

The Hotly Contested Gambian Presidential Race Enters Its Final Stretch

In the run up to the elections, there have been anti-government political protests, mostly in the Greater Banjul Area.

4 November 2016

Fear of Justice? Decolonisation? Gambians Speculate About Country's Wish to Quit International Criminal Court

"Breaking!! #Gambia withdraws from ICC. This follows the dictator's fear that his ex Interior Minister will incriminate him to gain asylum"

24 July 2016

Calls for the International Community to Intervene as Gambia Continues to Imprison Dissidents

Harsh prison sentences for opposition leaders and activists makes netizens concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in The Gambia.

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

Advox

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

10 May 2016

Gambian Protesters Allege Police Used Live Ammunition During Bloody Crackdown

The protests were part of an unprecedented movement in the Gambia calling for electoral reforms and the resignation of longtime President Yahya Jammeh.

3 May 2016

Something Unprecedented Is Happening in The Gambia and You Probably Have No Idea

Last month witnessed an unprecedented uprising in the tiny West African nation of The Gambia. The protests haven't garnered much attention internationally, but Global Voices has been watching.

23 April 2016

Pressure Mounts on Gambia’s President Over Worsening Human Rights Situation

Unhappiness at President Jammeh's 22-year rule is growing every day and the opposition is under huge pressure.

4 March 2016

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

The Bridge

Alaghie Jobe lives in exile in Senegal, fearful that at any moment he could be sought out and detained by the Gambian authorities. His crime: practising journalism in The Gambia.

19 February 2016

The Gambia Commemorates 51 Years of Independence, But Not Everyone Is Celebrating

The Gambia celebrated 51 years of independence from Great Britain on February 18, 2016, more than half a century after becoming Africa's 37th sovereign state.

15 January 2016

The African Legacy of Alan Rickman and the Harry Potter Series

Reducing the wide range of his talents to a few blockbusters doesn't do justice to Rickman's career, which involved supporting charities that benefited people all around the world.

10 January 2016

Signs of Islamic Law Taking Root in The Gambia

President Yahya Jammeh said his country will be an Islamic state last year. What changes will 2016 bring?