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Originally Appeared in Human Rights Brief
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights released a report about the worsening human rights situation in the already repressive West African nation of Gambia. The report cites a rise in detentions without charges relating to a failed coup attempt by insurgents in late December, 2014. These new spat of detentions are only the latest round of human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, threats against human rights defenders, arbitrary arrest and detention, targeted attacks against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, and a deterioration of free speech and freedom of expression. The Center, therefore, calls on the U.N. to create a Special Rapporteur on The Gambia to monitor and protect human rights.
To learn more about this topic:
- Text of the Report from RFK Center on Gambia
- Amnesty International Reporting on Ongoing Human Rights abuses in Gambia
- 2013 State Department Report on Human Rights in Gambia
- UN Commission on Human Rights Review of Gambia