The Gambia


In his state of the nation address last week, Gambian President Adama Barrow told lawmakers that a National Human Rights Commission and Anti-Corruption Commission were at different stages of implementation. According to President Barrow, the Human Rights Commission will be constituted before the end of 2018 and the Anti-Corruption Commission will be submitted to his cabinet for final review and approval soon.

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Last week, police opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing three and injuring several others in Faraba Banta, a small town in southwestern Gambia. ICTJ condemns these acts and supports civil society and victims in their call for swift actions ensuring justice, reparations, and an independent investigation into the causes of the attacks.


Two environmental activists were killed by paramilitary forces during a protest against a sand mining company in The Gambia. This is the second time deadly force has been used on protestors since former dictator Yahya Jammeh was voted out of office and fled in early 2017. President Adama Barrow promised full application of the law to ensure justice and accountability.

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