President Yahya Jammeh celebrated 20 years as the head of state of The Gambia in July 2014: two decades marred by massive human rights violations and impunity. As part of the MFWA’s three-week long campaign (from November 2–23, 2014) to end impunity in The Gambia, the MFWA is publicizing violations during Jammeh’s rule on this webpage.
The violations below were compiled based on reports from the MFWA’s monitors, non-governmental organization and civil society reports, and government human rights reports on The Gambia. This list is by no means all-inclusive, as many violations may not have been reported due to fear of further reprisals against victims. Furthermore, the MFWA chose to focus only on extrajudicial killings; enforced disappearances; torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; arbitrary arrests and detention; and freedom of expression violations, as this set provides information about impunity for violations across the civil and political rights spectrum. It must be noted that other types of human rights violations occur, but they are outside the scope of this anti-impunity campaign.
Human Rights Violations by Year