Author: Gainako

By The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) Saturday 16th October 2021 at 10am – From Sere Kunda Post Office to Westfield Monument TANGO, in collaboration with victims’ organizations, is holding a #NeverAgain march on Saturday 16th October 2021 to demonstrate its solidarity with the victims of Human Rights violations, to support and empathize with their desire for truth, justice and reparations for the human rights violations committed between July 1994 and January 2017. Gambians want justice! According to a study released on September 6th, 2021, by Afrobarometer, 73% of Gambians want perpetrators of crimes and human rights abuses, during the reign of the…

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By the World Justice Project Deterioration in rule of law is spreading worldwide, as seen in the WJP Rule of Law Index® 2021. Areas of greatest decline globally include constraints on government powers, civic space, timeliness of justice, and absence of discrimination. The Gambia placed 10th out of 33 in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. WASHINGTON, DC (14 October 2021) – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP Rule of Law Index® 2021, which evaluates rule of law in 139 countries or jurisdictions. The report is the first in this annual series issued since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared…

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By Office of the President National Launching of the Programme for Accelerated Community Development (PACD) State House, Banjul, 14th October 2021: The Government of The Gambia, through the Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery, Office of the President of The Gambia, will launch the Programme for Accelerated Community Development (PACD) in The Gambia on 15th October 2021, at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center, Bijilo. In line with the National Development Plan (2018-2021), the PACD aims to improve access of rural populations to essential social services through the establishment of socio-economic infrastructure. Five regions across The Gambia are…

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By Louise S A Alsan, @AlsanLouise It’s no secret that former President Yahya Jammeh’s political party, the Association for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) wants the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) Report condemned by the current Government of President Adama Barrow. Former President Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years with an iron fist, only to be ousted by a grand Coalition in December 2016 and eventually forced out of the country after refusing to concede defeat. Former President Jammeh was eventually forced into exile after regional forces entered the country during a Political Impasse in January 2017. The…

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The United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances supports prosecution of crimes committed during the presidency of Yahya Jammeh and a new international inquiry into the 2005 massacre of more than 50 West African migrants. The UN recommendations to duly investigate and prosecute without delay all cases of enforced disappearances is a positive sign, said 17 groups that have been campaigning for justice in The Gambia. Read the Full Story here

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By Madi Jobarteh I’ve come across this video shared widely on social media, indicating popular outrage. But are we really outraged by the issues raised in the video? I don’t think Gambians are really outraged. It’s only in The Gambia that citizens sit by to watch their lives and country bastardized by public officials without doing anything about it at the right time. It is an incontrovertible fact that so long as public officials face no risk or consequences for their misconduct, corruption and abuse of office, then they do not change and do the right thing. If we were…

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By Fabakary B. Ceesay and Alex Rietman European Immigration policy makers believe they are fighting an organised crime syndicate that is responsible for smuggling thousands of migrants from West Africa to the Canary Islands. The trade, as Europe believes, generates billions of Euros for these criminal groups and associates. Well, that is not the belief of Tanji, Bakau, Mbour and Ndar youth, for them, the trips are just mere opportunities for youth to travel and look for greener pastures and feed their families back home. A well-documented research by Journalists Fabakary B. Ceesay and Alex Rietman, in The Gambia and…

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By Dawda Baldeh Market vendors at Bakoteh Fish Market raised concerns over the perceived increase in criminal activities within the market and called for Government intervention in curbing crime. Our reporter visited Bakoteh Fish Market on Saturday 18th September 2021 and contacted the Gambia Police Force Spokesperson to get his reaction. Speaking to this medium, the Head of Bakoteh Fish Market Association, Ms Haddy Gaye said that they are facing a lot of threats from criminals at the market. “What we are encountering now is unacceptable,” she said. Ms Gaye feels that the challenges facing market vendors are huge and…

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The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has issued a press release postponing the submission of their final report from today 30th September 2021 to an unspecified date. This is the second time that the Commission has postponed the submission of its report. The first postponement changed the submission of the report to the President from the end of July to the end of September 2021. The report was scheduled for submission to the President today which will not happen and it’s not clear when exactly the report will be submitted, however, the press release indicates that the report…

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By Alimatou S Bajinka The Gambia Press Union (GPU) urged journalists to avoid being conduits for the spread of hate speech, ahead of the December election. “Hate speech cannot be widely spread without the media, and this training is very important for the media practitioners. The media plays a crucial role in either promoting violence or peaceful elections. I am urging colleagues from the media not allow themselves to be used as agents to share hate speech. Politicians would want to use the media platforms to reach a wider audience. The role of the journalists is to ensure we inform…

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