November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosex... ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
October 20, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged the government of Gambia to allow time for seven men facing execution to make the maximum use of the appellate process after the Gambia Supreme Court upheld their convictions for treason. Because the court's ruling was handed down on a Friday afternoon ...[read more]
September 15, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced Friday that he will implement an indefinite moratorium on executions due to "numerous appeals." The international community was very critical of Jammeh when he executed nine prisoners last month after vowing to execute all death row inmates by the middle of ...[read more]
August 30, 2012
by Keith Herting
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged Gambian authorities Thursday to enact an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The statement is a response to the execution of nine prisoners on Sunday following a 27-year moratorium on the practice. In addition to those ...[read more]
August 26, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday announced it received credible reports that nine prisoners in Gambia, which has gone more than 25 years without an execution, were executed on Thursday. The reported executions come less than a week after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh vowed to execute all ...[read more]
December 13, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was officially chosen Monday to succeed Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when his nine-year term expires next year. Liechtenstein's UN Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, outgoing president of the Assembly of ...[read more]
December 1, 2011
by Dan Taglioli
Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will be formally recommended Thursday to succeed Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when his nine-year term expires next year. Liechtenstein's UN Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, current president of the ...[read more]

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