Gambia – Amid widespread human rights violation in Gambia, Yahya Jammeh’s government said today that it is doing its utmost best to protect the fundamental human rights of persons. Gambia’s secretary general and head of the civil service, Sulayman Samba, was speaking earlier as he declared open, the 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

According to him, Gambia’s government will continue to respect human rights in line with its international obligations. He said the recent banning of female genital mutilation and other laws that have been enacted are geared towards advancing human rights in Gambia.

The 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights opened in Banjul today with a call for African countries to improve their human rights performance.  Top human rights defenders across Africa are meeting in Banjul for two weeks to discuss ways of speeding up the pace of the continent’s democratization amid widespread concerns over countries’ human rights record.

In her statement at the opening ceremony, Pansy Tlakula, the chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights said positive gain has been made but the situation remains troubling in many African countries.  Frowning at the state of human rights in countries like Burundi, she said efforts are being made by the commission to prevail on governments to address the executions, torture other abuses that occur in many African countries.  

Meanwhile, rights watchdogs accused Gambia’s Government of continuous human rights abuse against Gambians. Amnesty in its 2015 annual report accused Yahya Jammeh’s government of enforced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment, custodian deaths and a flawed criminal justice system.

 

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