Gambia: Jammeh victims challenge gov’t to deal with perpetrators

Hits: 1623Adama Jallow, the national coordinator, Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations has challenged the government to hold perpetrators of human rights violations to account. Jallow made these observations at a capacity building workshop for the Victims Center on international standards and legal instruments to fight against impunity organised by Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and funded by the European Union. “I take this opportunity to renew our call to the Gambia Government to fulfil its commitment to provide effective remedies and reputations that…

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‘Absence of UDP and PDOIS will not invalidate Barrow’s Mandate’

Hits: 1827Essa Dampha, a political aide to President Barrow and chairman of West Coast Region’s coalition media team, has said that the absence of PDOIS and UDP from Friday’s declaration extending Barrow’s mandate will not invalidate that decision. The two parties are believed to have been the biggest players in the creation of Coalition 2016 but both have for one reason or the other not participated in the recent Coalition talks to amend the MoU. While PDOIS had said the spirit and principles of the MoU have long been violated,…

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GAP Unveils Gen Lamin Bojang as Leader

Hits: 1771Musa Batchilly, the secretary general of the Gambia Action Party yesterday announced that General Lamin Bojang, a former Commander of the Gambia Armed Forces is the party’s candidate for the 2021 presidential election without his consent. Addressing a press conference at QCity, Mr Batchilly said although the decision was taken without Mr Bojang’s consent, he is confident that he (Bojang) will accept the offer. “It is hoped that he will accept our selection and lead our party to victory. The Gambia Action Party has decided to select Mr Bojang…

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Swiss court extends Ousman Sonko’s detention to 2020

Hits: 1968Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court has ruled that Ousman Sonko, a former interior minister of Gambia suspected of human rights abuses, must remain in Swiss detention until January 2020. In a decision published on Monday, the Bellinzona-based court rejected his appeal challenging his detention based on the new evidence collected during the investigation conducted by the Swiss prosecuting authorities. Sonko was a member of the Gambian army under the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh from 1994 to 2016. He was appointed Commander of the Presidential Guard, an elite unit…

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Assembly suspends debate until President or delegate appears

Hits: 608The National Assembly has unanimously suspended the debate on the State of the Nation Address of President Barrow demanding the presence of the president or the vice president. Members argued yesterday the sitting will not go ahead without the presence of the executive, since they cannot be speaking to themselves on the matter raised in the president’s speech. The national assembly members however took note that the Vice President is currently attending the 74th session of the UN General Assembly but they argued that where the President and Vice…

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Gambia: Gov’t seeks to recover over $52M from Switzerland

Hits: 1008The Government of the Gambia has announced plans to institute civil proceedings in the courts of Switzerland for the recovery of $52, 837, 514, sums illegally obtained through MGI by Illija Reymond and Martin Keller, both Swiss nationals. This revelation was made in the Government white paper in response to recommendation by the Janneh commission. “Government will institute civil proceedings in the courts of Switzerland for the recovery of these sums as well as make a formal complaint to Swiss authorities against MGI for fraudulent conduct,” the government said…

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Gambia: Barrow Open to Dialogue Over 3 Years

Hits: 897The director of press and public relations at State House, Amie Bojang-Sissoho, has said that President Adama Barrow is open to dialogue with Gambians over the 3-years agreement. “The President’s decision is that as a nation we must discuss and dialogue in a context that will help us move forward because what he wants is to make this country better than what it is. So in doing that his perspective on the three years issue is for us to have a dialogue on the matter,” DPPR Bojang said at…

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APRC not bothered about Jammeh’s ban-FTJ

Hits: 829The interim leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, Fabakary Tombong Jatta has said that his party is not the least worried about the life ban imposed on its leader and former President Yahya Jammeh. Former President Jammeh is banned from holding public office for the remainder of his life after the Janneh Commission accused him of causing serious damages to government institutions, public resources and state-owned enterprises. “The banning of Jammeh for life and seizure of his assets makes no difference to the APRC. It…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s HIV doctors knew he was lying

Hits: 551Dr. Mariatu Jallow, former chief executive officer of the then Royal Victoria Hospital, has yesterday told the TRRC that the doctors who participated in former Gambian president Jammeh’s HIV/Aids treatment knew it was a hoax and a lie. A former Minister of Health herself, Dr Jallow admitted taking part in the Gambian dictator’s so-called HIV/Aids treatment even though she knew it was a lie. She confirmed that “Yahya Jammeh’s so-called HIV/Aids treatment was a hoax and a lie and the doctors who participated in the treatment knew it was…

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Gambia: Survivors Demand Action Against Jammeh’s Aid Doctors

Hits: 549Press Release Three survivors of former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh’s fake HIV/AIDS treatment programme have asked authorities to revoke the licenses of two medical doctors who directed the programme and who are both still practicing medicine, AIDS-Free World announced Thursday. The survivors filed complaints with The Gambia Medical and Dental Council against Dr. Tamsir Mbowe and Dr. Malick Njie, both of whom served at different points as Jammeh’s Minister of Health. Fatou Jatta, Ousman Sowe, and Lamin “Moko” Ceesay signed the complaint against Dr. Mbowe; Fatou Jatta filed the…

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