Category Archives: Gambia

Read WIRE Sept/Oct: ‘What if it was me?’

“What if it was me in that photo?” asks one young Amnesty activist looking at Vesselina Nikolaeva’s images of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria (pages 4-7). Her photos might inspire you to ask more questions: If you had to leave your … Continue reading

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‘My life is in constant danger’ – campaigning on human rights in the Gambia

By Francois Patuel, Amnesty International’s campaigner for West Africa. I’ve just spoken to a human rights activist working in the Gambia. Just publishing his name would be enough to get him arrested. His powerful testimony shows just why we urgently … Continue reading

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‘This is not freedom … I’m just in a bigger jail’

By Imam Baba Leigh, Gambian Muslim scholar and human rights activist. Just a few days ago, on 22 October, I was given an award from the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network. I was not expecting it, which makes me all … Continue reading

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A year on from the Gambia’s return to executions

By Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, West Africa researcher at Amnesty International *This blog has been adapted from a speech given at an event on 23 August 2013 with 12 other organizations in Dakar, Senegal to remember last year’s executions in the Gambia … Continue reading

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Slum residents address Africa’s human rights body to demand end to forced evictions

By Francis Makanda Sakwa, Amnesty International Kenya ‘Gender Defender’ and resident of Mathare slum, Nairobi I live in an informal settlement. I work, pay taxes, and use the money I earn to raise my children and support my family. Mine … Continue reading

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