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

Amnesty International calls for ‘stronger measures’ if Gambia does not…

By Sanna Camara Human rights NGO, Amnesty International,  has called on ECOWAS and the international community to “consider stronger measures if Gambia does not make significant progress towards meeting its human rights obligations under international law.” In a media dispatch today ahead of the launch of its new report Dangerous to Dissent: human rights under… Continue reading Amnesty International calls for ‘stronger measures’ if Gambia does not…

Senegal loses 1million trees, Gambia gets $240 million in sales to China

By Sanna Camara Senegal has lost more than 1 million trees, while its neighbour The Gambia has generated income of close to $240 million in sales to China since 2010, a former environment minister and activist has told journalists in Dakar today. Haidar El Ali said at least six other depots are operational along the… Continue reading Senegal loses 1million trees, Gambia gets $240 million in sales to China

Violence, tensions in electoral processes dents women participation

By Sanna Camara Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, head of UNOWAS has warned that election processes marred by violence, tensions and violations of human rights are key factors undermining the participation of women in politics. Addressing participants at a regional seminar in Dakar today, Ms. Sellasie argued that economic and political development of Africa can never happen… Continue reading Violence, tensions in electoral processes dents women participation

Gambia/Senegal: Travelers route 1000km around Gambia amidst border stand-off

By Sanna Camara   A few weeks into the border closure between Senegal and Gambia, passengers travelling between Southern Senegal to Dakar via TransGambia Highway are now left with no choice but to route over a thousand kilometers around the Gambia. The economically-important road “provides the most important connection between the two parts of Senegal,”… Continue reading Gambia/Senegal: Travelers route 1000km around Gambia amidst border stand-off