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THE GAMBIA

The small West African country of a population of two million people, and bordered almost entirely by Senegal, is known not only for its pristine beaches and notable tourist attractions but for two decades of dictatorship. 

Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule in The Gambia was marked by widespread human rights violations and abuse. The ex-leader sought exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017 after losing the December 2016 presidential election to main opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

During his authoritarian regime, there was a high incidence of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings allegedly by the security forces, including the Junglers (also known as “Black Black” or “Patrol team”) - a unit within the regular army and under Jammeh’s direct orders. Part of the system of arbitrary rule was the National Intelligence Agency (NIA)- often employed as an operative tool for the regime.

ANEKED is part of the campaign by the Jammeh to Justice coalition launched in October 2017. The campaign brings together several human rights activists and organisations in a bid to seek justice for the victims of the Jammeh regime.