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Gambia: AI says championing human rights and justice necessary

2 December 2016 at 22:49 | 3638 views

PV Staff

In response to announcement that President Yayah Jammeh has accepted his defeat following the presidential election, Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s Researcher for West and Central Africa currently in the Gambia said:

“For many years the people of Gambia have suffered numerous abuses, including horrific human rights violations and oppression.”

"The last two weeks have shown how much Gambians of all parties value free speech. There is a huge obligation now for the future administration to transform the human rights situation in Gambia, freeing political prisoners, removing repressive laws and entrenching newly found freedoms."

Gambia’s president Yaya Jammeh, one of Africa’s longest ruling leaders, was defeated yesterday by real estate businessman Adama Barrow (photo) in what an observer has described as "an earthquake of an election."

Here is the head of Gambia’s electoral commission announcing the election results: