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Gambian commission urges prosecutions for Yahya Jammeh-era abuses (Al Jazeera)

A long-awaited report into allegations of abuse committed during former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule has recommended to the government to pursue criminal charges against those responsible.

Rights groups have long pushed for prosecutions for the litany of alleged crimes, such as the use of death squads and rape, committed during Jammeh’s time in office, which ended in 2017.

Gambian commission urges prosecutions for Yahya Jammeh-era abuses | News | Al Jazeera

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Gambia

What the smallest country in mainland Africa can teach us about climate action (John Letzing, WEF)

  • The Gambia has been singled out as the only nation with adequate plans to avert a climate catastrophe.
  • While the country’s own carbon footprint is small, it’s suffered from the impacts of global climate change.
  • The related shortcomings of bigger countries have been highlighted as COP26 climate talks get underway in Glasgow.

What a tiny African country can teach us about climate action | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Gambia

The Gambia’s democratic transition is facing a litmus test (Amat Jeng, Al Jazeera)

Almost five years ago, in December 2016, The Gambia brought authoritarian President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year reign to an end through a democratic election. Since then, despite facing numerous obstacles and challenges, the West African country has managed to strengthen its democracy and widen its political space significantly. However, The Gambia’s democratic transition will face its toughest test to date on December 4, when the country holds its first presidential and parliamentary elections since the departure of Jammeh.

When current President Adama Barrow came to power, he had promised that he would call for new elections after three years. However, he rescinded that promise in 2019, and announced that he intends to serve a full five-year term as prescribed in the constitution. This led to minor protests, but did not stop Barrow from taking the necessary steps to consolidate his power.

The Gambia’s democratic transition is facing a litmus test | Elections | Al Jazeera