The Gambia is witnessing encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, but must involve families fully in the process, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today.
“We welcome the commitments made by the Government of The Gambia to embark on comprehensive reforms, including measures to ensure truth, justice and reparation for victims, as well as prevent any recurrence of disappearances in the future,” said the Group’s Chair Houria Es-Slami and fellow delegation member Henrikas Mickevicius at the end of an official visit* to the country
The experts said they had heard “deeply saddening” stories first-hand from the families of some of those who had disappeared.
“We reaffirm our solidarity with all the victims and their relatives,” the experts said. “Their continued suffering is living proof that enforced disappearance is a continuous crime and a permanent violation of their human rights until the fate or whereabouts of the victim is clarified. (more…)
Mandinkaya is an integral transnational tribe spanning across west Africa. There will be no country called The Gambia without the mandinkas and there will be no Gambia as we know it without kombo. It’s only in The Gambia that you have a tribe that makes up about half the population of the country and therefore contributes about half of our national cake and is constantly subjected to unnecessary and warranted abuse and insults in the name of politics. (more…)