Gambia: Jammeh pardons, Diaspora reacts

By Sanna Camara Following the groundbreaking announcement by Gambian president pardoning all political prisoners from 1994, when he came to power through a military coup – to 2013. The diaspora community’s reaction has been swift. According to reports from Banjul, the amnesty was extended to all dissident Gambians and alleged coup plotters in the Diaspora.… Continue reading Gambia: Jammeh pardons, Diaspora reacts

Global partnership to finance new development goals

By Sanna Camara, just returned from Addis Ababa The African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank Group (referred to as the MDBs), and the International Monetary Fund  has already pledged $400 billion in financing the Sustainable Development Goals over the next three… Continue reading Global partnership to finance new development goals

Investing in small holder famers key to achieving SDGs – IFAD Prexy

By Sanna Camara Small-holder farmers invest four times more in agriculture than government, private sector and donors. This means investment in them is the key to growth in agriculture, which leads to better food security and creating wealth. The president of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo F. Nwanze, has told journalists that when… Continue reading Investing in small holder famers key to achieving SDGs – IFAD Prexy

Gambia: Opposition urges president to ‘stop dictatorship’

Says APRC NAMs are in captivity just like rest of the country By Sanna Camara The leader of the opposition UDP has today urged President Jammeh to stop the dictatorship style of governance, the continuous arrest and detention of journalist, and ordinary Gambians, the misuse of public funds, the endless comical utterances and sinister plots.… Continue reading Gambia: Opposition urges president to ‘stop dictatorship’

Gambia should disclose whereabouts of radio journalist – CPJ

Abuja, Nigeria, July 9, 2015-The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Gambian authorities to disclose the whereabouts, health, and legal status of Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, a radio journalist who was last seen on July 2 with individuals reported to be Gambian state security agents. “Gambian security agents have long stoked a climate of fear for journalists… Continue reading Gambia should disclose whereabouts of radio journalist – CPJ

Gambia: Arrest of FM manager ‘could be related to’ Killa Ace single

By Sanna Camara The sudden arrest of the manager of the independent FM broadcaster Teranga FM by state security agents last week may be attributed to the controversy surrounding the release of a hip hop single by Killa Ace. According to family sources, the single, which is currently the hottest, most played Gambian single on… Continue reading Gambia: Arrest of FM manager ‘could be related to’ Killa Ace single

Gambia’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee

GENEVA  – The Gambia’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Thursday 9 July. In a media dispatch issued yesterday, the UN Human Rights Commission said the Committee will engage in a dialogue with a delegation from the Gambian Government of on… Continue reading Gambia’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee