The Gambia


Secretary-General Reiterates Appeal for Global Ceasefire

In a public statement by Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, on March 23rd, states and non-state actors around the world were called upon to lay down their arms in the face of the growing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Before a sombre international press conference, he declared, “The virus does not care […]


Top UN Court Orders Myanmar To Protect Its Persecuted Rohingya Minority

The Gambia, supported by the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) late last year. The lawsuit accuses Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority. In response, Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital, was ordered by the ICJ to “take all measures within […]


Myanmar’s Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Accusations Of Genocide Before The International Court Of Justice

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi defended Myanmar’s government against accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague during three days of hearings that went from December 10th to the 13th. Addressing 17 judges from around the world, the leader dismissed the claims […]


Aung San Suu Kyi To Defend Myanmar Against Accusations Of Genocide

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once seen as a champion for human rights, is preparing to defend her country against accusations of genocide. Myanmar’s military has committed atrocities against the ethnic Rohingya Muslims, including mass murder, rape, and arson. The Gambia, a West African state, backed by […]


Myanmar Sued For Rohingya Genocide In ICJ’s First Humanitarian Crisis Lawsuit

On November 13, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and army chief Min Aung Hlang along with several other top Myanmar officials faced first legal action over the Rohingya crisis. The International Criminal Court has approved a full investigation of crimes against the Rohingya minority, according to Reuters from the […]


Why Is This Small African Nation Taking Myanmar To The ICJ And Where Is The Rest Of The World?

The small West African nation of the Gambia, has filed a charge to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to face charges for the crime of Genocide. The Gambia has its own recent history of serious human rights violations. The former Jammeh regime was characterized by extrajudicial […]


Most African Countries Are Generally Becoming Less Fragile

The Fragile State Index (FSI) 2019 showed that most African countries are generally less fragile, with slight improvements since previous years. The FSI, published by Fund for Peace, ranks countries based on how different pressures they face “impact their levels of fragility.” The FSI takes into account variables such as […]


Political Deadlock: Gnassingbe vs. Togo.

In his New Year’s address, given on January 3rd, the President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo spoke directly to the public for the first time since large-scale protests against his rule began in August 2017. In his first message, he reiterated his government’s official stance of dialogue and negotiations with the protesters […]


Modern Day Slavery In Libya

The United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration, has reported this week that horrific modern-day slavery is taking place in Libya. Libya is the main transit hub for refugees and migrants who are attempting to make the dangerous crossing from Africa to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. The […]


Migrant Crisis In Europe: Crossing The Mediterranean Sea

There are thousands of people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy illegally every year. Among them, the majority are Nigerians who flee their home country to Europe, mainly through Libya. Similarly, people from Bangladesh, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, and Morocco also join the troop of risky crossing, Bloomberg reports. […]


Italian Coastguard Rescue Over 400 Refugees In Mediterranean Sea

Over 400 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea last Saturday, according to the Italian Coast Guard. The refugees, most of whom were from Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria, were picked up off the Libyan Coast by the Italian Coast Guard. Despite the success of the operation, it is clear that […]


Newly Elected Gambian Government Announces Truth And Reconciliation Commission

On March 24, Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou announced the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the purpose of investigating crimes committed under the rule of The Gambia’s recently departed dictator, Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh’s dramatic final weeks saw him briefly supporting the results of an election in which […]


Waning Strength Of The International Criminal Court?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) seated in the Netherlands has recently suffered numerous blows to its legitimacy as African nations like Burundi, the Gambia, and South Africa all vowed to leave the Court in 2016. The countries’ decisions to withdraw from the Rome Statute, or the foundational legal document of […]


Gambia’s New President, Still In Senegal, Names Female VP

On January 23, 2017, Halifa Sallah, spokesperson for the Coalition 2016 party, declared that Gambian President, Adama Barrow has chosen Aja Fatouma Tambajang  to be the Vice President for the nation. President Barrow, is still in Senegal after President Yahya Jammeh stepped down as President. Both President Barrow and Vice […]


Gambian President Adama Barrow To Deal With The Mess Left Behind By Exiled Jammeh

After finally accepting defeat to Adama Barrow in The Gambia’s December 2016 election, Yahya Jammeh left The Gambia for Equitorial Guinea, thus ending his 22-year reign and his long drawn-out defeat. Having initially accepted the election results that Barrow defeat Jammeh with 45.5% of the vote against Jammeh’s 36.7%, Jammeh […]