Author: Gainako

By Madi Jobarteh Yesterday, September 23, Amnesty International released its seminal research report into the state of human rights in the Gambia in regard to the necessary legal and institutional reforms that were supposed to be made since the new Government of Adama Barrow took over. It is indeed disheartening to find in this report, “Gambia: Nearly 5 years after Jammeh’s regime ended, oppressive laws remain untouched” that since the Tinpot Dictator was kicked out in 2017, the new rulers of the Gambia have refused to expedite the democratic transition of the country. Every political system is defined by its laws to…

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This is a press release received from the Ministry of Justice on a court case between the Gambia Government and Social Media giant Facebook. In June 2020, The Gambia initiated discovery proceedings before the United States D.C District Court to compel Facebook to provide content it deleted from the banned Myanmar accounts relating to anti-Rohingya hate speech and incitement to violence. On Wednesday 22nd September, 2021 Judgement was granted in favour of Gambia Government at the US District court for the District of Columbia granting almost the entirety of The Gambia’s discovery request from Facebook under 28 USC 1782. As…

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International Human Rights Organisation Amnesty International has released a press briefing highlighting that “Oppressive Laws remain” in The Gambia’s law books despite President Adama Barrow’s failed promises. Below is the press release which flags up the use of the Public Order Act to suppress protest in the Gambia, however, the positive steps gained in the recently passed Access to Information Bill were also noted. The effective implementation of the Truth, Reparations and Reconciliation Commission is also mentioned together with the need to prosecute perpetrators from the Commission hearings that are still in the security apparatus. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE  Gambia:…

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The Gambia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs issued a press release on the Supplementary Appropriation approved by the Gambia’s National Assembly in August 2021. Ministry of Finance As per constitutional requirement, based on Section 153 (1) of the 1997 Constitution and the Public Finance Act of 2014, the Honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs laid before the National Assembly a Supplementary Appropriation Bill for the Fiscal year 2021. Contrary to what has been circulating in some social media/online networks, the Ministry of Finance submitted D1,767,400,000.00 to the National Assembly as a Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021. In order to…

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By Omar Faye and Yusef Taylor The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) is set to upgrade its weapons to a tune of $1.16 million United States Dollars (equivalent to over D59 million) and train Gambian soldiers to be deployed on UN Peace Keeping missions. Up to 250 security officers including men and women of the GAF’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF-1) are expected to benefit from the training provided by the British Peace Support Team (BPST), scheduled to conclude in November 2021. Lieutenant Colonel M.O. Cham told members of the media that the GAF is currently upgrading the Army’s personnel and equipment…

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This is a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice on 14th  September 2021. MISSION ON SUPPORT TO PEACEFUL ELECTIONS IN THE GAMBIA The Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Justice has requested International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) based on its global comparative expertise on interparty dialogue, electoral processes, and its experience in supporting the ongoing Gambian transition to conduct a dialogue on consensus-building process on peaceful elections among the various political parties and electoral stakeholders in The Gambia. In this vein, the Ministry of Justice wishes to inform the public that the…

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By Ousman Saidykhan The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) informed the media and Civil Society advocates that the December 4th 2021 Presidential Election will be the last time Gambians will vote using the unique marble token system. Gambians will go to the polls to elect their President on December 4th 2021 for the next five years. However, many were of the belief that the voters system would be changed from marbles to paper ballot but the Commission now says that the change will come into affect after the Presidential elections. “We expect so many contestants and using these…

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By Ousman Saidykhan and Yusef Taylor The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) told members of the press and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) that the issue of multiple registrations has been dealt with by considering the most recent voter’s card issued to applicants while deleting the duplicates. “The Commission has decided to keep the latest card and delete all other cards like it did in 2016 (general voter registration)”, said the IEC’s Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday, September 14th 2021 at the Commission’s monthly consultative forum with CSOs and the press. To clarify this process our editor contacted IEC CEO Mr Sambujang…

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Mr. Saidou Bayo We shall not forget the pain and horrific rights abuses Yahya Jammeh’s APRC administration inflicted on the people of The Gambia. Unfortunately, President Barrow has demonstrated with indifference his unwillingness to break from the past and implement the Change people voted for in 2016. Thus, it is an understatement to say that our experiment with President Barrow has been nothing short of an absolute disaster on many fronts and we are all paying heavily for it. The time has come for us to inject real meaning into the Change agenda that the country voted for in 2016…

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By Right 2 Know (R2K) Gambia: An urgent call for a grand political coalition to preserve democracy, justice, accountability, peace, and national cohesion The recent announcement on September 4, 2021, by the interim leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, of a political merger between Yahya Jammeh’s party and president Adama Barrow’s National Peoples’ Party (NPP) for the 2021 Presidential election, is the culmination of the ultimate political and moral betrayal of the Gambian people. It is a sign of weakness and the actions of a desperate head of state who remains determined to…

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