EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Gambia will appear and submit its national human rights report covering the period 2015-2019, under the Universal Periodic Review procedure meeting that will be held from 5th to 8th November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
This will be in fulfillment of its periodic reporting obligation to the United Nations Human Rights Council on its human rights situation.
The Working Group was established by the Human Rights Council in 2011 (resolution 17/4), composing of five independent experts, of balanced geographical representation. The Council renewed the Working Group’s mandate in 2014 (resolution 26/22) and 2017 (resolution 35/7).
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.
In its 2018 World Report, Human Rights Watch said Gambia’s human rights climate improved dramatically as the new president, Adama Barrow, and his government took steps to reverse former President Yahya Jammeh’s legacy of authoritarian and abusive rule.
It says after winning the December 2016 election and taking office in January, Barrow moved quickly to distinguish his government from Jammeh’s, whose security forces used arbitrary arrests, torture, and extrajudicial killings to suppress dissent and independent media during his 22 years in power. The new government promised to make Gambia the “human rights capital of Africa,” released scores of political prisoners, and began to strengthen the judiciary and reform the security services. It also reversed Jammeh’s planned withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Gambia Government delegation to the Geneva meeting will be headed by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr M. Tambadou.
The delegation is expected to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Council regarding the administrative, judicial and legislative measures put in place by the Government of The Gambia towards the promotion and protection of basic human rights of the people of The Gambia in line with its obligations under various United Nations Conventions.