‘My brother shot dead, bullet lodged in my leg’ – witness testifies against President Gbagbo

By Sanna Camara An Ivorian national serving as prosecution witness in the trial against Laurent Gbagbo at the Hague yesterday told judges that his younger brother was shot dead and a bullet lodged in his own leg as a result of shots fired at peaceful protesters in 2010 post-election violence in Abidjan. Under ICC regulations,… Continue reading ‘My brother shot dead, bullet lodged in my leg’ – witness testifies against President Gbagbo

‘Gambia should reconsider withdrawal from the ICC’ – says ‘disappointed’ prosecutor

By Sanna Camara Hassan Bubacarr Jallow, Gambian ex-prosecutor for the International criminal Tribuanl, has expressed disappointment at his country’s declaration of intent to withdraw from the ICC, urging Banjul to reconsider its position. The government of Gambia announced on October 25th that it will withdraw from the ICC due to what it says was warranted… Continue reading ‘Gambia should reconsider withdrawal from the ICC’ – says ‘disappointed’ prosecutor

Ecowas youth council decry new fees imposed on Nigerian businesses in Ghana

by Sanna Camara Representing the voice of the sub regional youth community, ECOWAS Youth Council has decried the new $1 million fees imposed on each of the Nigerian businesses operating in Ghana, describing it as inimical to bilateral and regional trade among member states of ECOWAS. In addition to “huge sum requested to process the… Continue reading Ecowas youth council decry new fees imposed on Nigerian businesses in Ghana

Fleeing Interior Minister ‘intercepted’ in Dakar

By Sanna Camara Senegalese newspaper L’ Iberation this morning reports that notorious, longtime ally and  minister of Interior of The Gambia has been intercepted in Dakar as he attempted to fly out of the country following fallout with Gambian dictator. According to news reports, Ousman Sonko told operatives he feared imprisonment following his removal as… Continue reading Fleeing Interior Minister ‘intercepted’ in Dakar

Gambians in Senegal do not see Embassy as home

By Sanna Camara The popular feeling among the Gambian community in Senegal, both exiles and residents alike, that their Embassy “is not homely to them and their needs outside Gambia” was enough reason for an opposition leader to conduct a visit there to discuss such matters. Mai Ahmad Fatty told reporters yesterday in Dakar that… Continue reading Gambians in Senegal do not see Embassy as home

5 months to Presidential elections, Senegal NGOs lament gag order in Gambia

By Sanna Camara Civil society organisations in Senegal have convened a press conference to lament the gag order in force in neighbouring Gambia as the clock ticks closer to presidential elections the small West African enclave. The timing of the conference was deliberate as July 22nd 2016 marked 22 years of dictatorship in The Gambia. Rights… Continue reading 5 months to Presidential elections, Senegal NGOs lament gag order in Gambia

Dakar set to host High Level Symposium on Demographic Dividend

By Sanna Camara Preparations are in high gear for the international high level symposium on demographic dividend for Africa’s development 2016 (HLSDD16) scheduled to be hosted in Dakar, on the sidelines of the 11th Scientific Conference on “National Transfer Accounts,” convening from 20th to 24th June, 2016 in Dakar, Senegal. The UN population affairs agency… Continue reading Dakar set to host High Level Symposium on Demographic Dividend