Justice for Jammeh-era abuses crucial says Human Rights Watch

Justice for Jammeh-era abuses crucial says Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Watch, an international rights watchdog, has urged Gambia government to prosecute crimes committed under country’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh, who was defeated in the small nation’s past election, has been accused of severe human rights abuses including killings and disappearances in his 22-year reign.

“Gambia’s government should act to prosecute those responsible for grave crimes committed during the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh,” HRW said.

“Fair trials are crucial for victims and their families and for building respect for the rule of law in the country.”

Since Jammeh’s defeat, lots of his alleged atrocities have come to light and the police who are currently investigating crimes committed during his reign have also exhumed a host of people who were believed to have been executed by his killers.

Currently, nine former members of his feared National Intelligence Agency are standing trial for an allege murder of an opposition activist, Solo Sandeng.

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