Gambia: ‘Major gap between laws and reality on the ground’

By Sanna Camara Despite being a party to numerous treaties and hosting the African Commission, human rights advocates have observed that there is a major gap between the provisions of the Gambia’s domestic laws, the international instruments and the reality on the ground in the country. Many of these international instruments are not reflected in… Continue reading Gambia: ‘Major gap between laws and reality on the ground’

Court frees 13 arrested beggars

After police charged them for loitering, other offences By Sanna Camara Magistrate Muhammed Bojang of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday acquits 13 beggars after a trial process that followed their arrest, charge and arraignment by the Police. In a packed court room today, many of the charged beggars pleaded that they have been driven… Continue reading Court frees 13 arrested beggars

Provincial youths react to President’s nawettan ban

Following the pronouncement by the President, during the “Meet-te-People’s Tour” recently n th banning o summer football games (commonly called nawettan) in the rural Gambia, Gambia Beat has managed to sample some reactions on this from the provincial youths. Summer football attracts a lot of youths from the Kombos Fa landing Krubally, a youth from… Continue reading Provincial youths react to President’s nawettan ban

Gambia government urged to ‘take action’ on missing journalist

7 years after his disappearance in mysterious circumstances By Sanna Camara The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on the Gambian government to take action on the case of missing journalst Chief Ebrima Mnneh, following 7 years of his arrest and subsequent disappearance. The ECOWAS Court in a ruling in June 2008 declared… Continue reading Gambia government urged to ‘take action’ on missing journalist

‘Gambia Constitution provides for the protection of Rights, Freedoms’

Civil society leader tells Police officers as they receive training on Human Rights By Sanna Camara Chapter IV of the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia provides for the protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Mr. Yahya Sanyang, Chairman of the association of NGOs in The Gambia, has told Police officers yesterday as they start a… Continue reading ‘Gambia Constitution provides for the protection of Rights, Freedoms’

Gambia: New cyber law ‘Too sad and discouraging’

Online community reacts to new cyber law By Sanna Camara Following the enactment of a new law amending the Information and Communication Act 2009, massive reactions have been flooding the cyberspace through social networks and other online media with one Ansu Junior referring to it as ‘too sad and discouraging’. According to the government of… Continue reading Gambia: New cyber law ‘Too sad and discouraging’