GAMBIA: Amnesty calls for the release of political opponents

Rights group says TV ‘confessions’ made under torture Sedition charges must be dropped against three political opponents in The Gambia to make way for their immediate release, Amnesty International said, pointing to allegations the three men were tortured to “confess” on national TV. “In The Gambia, criticizing the government often carries an enormous cost. Forcing… Continue reading GAMBIA: Amnesty calls for the release of political opponents

Jammeh’s anti-mandinka statements ‘most dangerous official statement’

Opposition leaders say pronouncements violate Gambian constitution By Sanna Camara The recent statements made by the head of state of The Gambia against members of the Mandinko tribe has been described as “one of the most dangerous official statements ever made by any government in the history” of the Gambian nation. In a joint statement… Continue reading Jammeh’s anti-mandinka statements ‘most dangerous official statement’

How Gambia bade farewell to ‘UDP’s Lion’

By Sanna Camara Thousands of supporters and sympathizers turned out Sunday evening in Nyassi Kunda, Brikama Daru Hairu, to mourn and pay their last respects to opposition strongman, and UDP’s Organising Secretary, Momodou Lamin Shyngle Nyassi. Fondly called Shyngle Nyassi, he passed away in New York last Monday. His body arrived in Banjul the Sunday… Continue reading How Gambia bade farewell to ‘UDP’s Lion’

Gambia: Government unfreezes foreign exchange market

By Sanna Camara Government of The Gambia has announced its decision to unfreeze the control of domestic foreign exchange market last night. In a press statement, it said: “The pegging of the dollar exchange rate against the Dalasi is hereby repealed.”  Trading in the foreign exchange market is to be determined by market forces as… Continue reading Gambia: Government unfreezes foreign exchange market

Gambia: Jammeh likens Commonwealth to ‘Animal Farm’

Urges mediators not to ‘waste tax payers’ money’ By Sanna Camara The Gambian President has described the Commonwealth organization as ‘a neo-colonial institution’ at best, and at worst an animal farm. In a statement broadcast over national television last night, Secretary General, office of the president, who doubles as minister for presidential affairs read that,… Continue reading Gambia: Jammeh likens Commonwealth to ‘Animal Farm’