Thursday, May 31, 2012

4th National Sports Journalists Award July 7

Notice is hereby given to the general public that the 4th Annual Sports Award Gala of the Sports Journalist Association of The Gambia (SJAG) will now be held on July 7, to coincide with International Sports Journalists Day commemoration.

The event to be staged at the Jerma Beach Hotel will as usual feature the awarding of sports personalities identified by the country’s media who have excelled in the past twelve months.

Gambian Security Forces Must Respect Human Rights in Addressing ‘Crime’

Document - Gambia: Gambian security forces must respect Human Rights in addressing ‘Crime’


AI index: AFR 27/003/2012

31 May 2012

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about President Yahya Jammeh’s recent instructions to the security forces, including the Inspector General of Police, staff from the Ministry of Defense and other security forces to “shoot first and ask questions later” in an attempt to rid the country of “armed robbers”.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shoot at armed robbers: Yahya Jammeh

Jammeh speaking to local and international journalists in November 2011
Gambia’s Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Yahya Jammeh has ordered his forces to shoot at armed robbers.

“I said shoot and ask questions later because we are not going to tolerate this nonsense,” Jammeh told members of the National Security Council, chaired by the Vice President, Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy on May 22, 2012 at State House in Banjul.

Sahel Food Crisis Not Getting Any Better

Agencies’ emergency assistance to victims in Niger (Pix: Oxfam)
Imagine you having nothing else to eat except dried leaves, so dry you have to boil them nine times before they become “edible”. How about having no choice but to feed your small children with those leaves?

In Niger, this is just what mothers have to do as drought and high food prices in the Sahel region of West Africa are pushing more than 9 million people closer and closer to the edge of survival.

Gambian police to ‘probe threats’ to Darboe’s life

Alieu Darboe

Gambian police in Brikama, capital of the West Coast Region, have given assurance to probe into alleged threats to journalist Alieu Darboe’s life, the local Daily News newspaper reported on Thursday.

Mr. Darboe, who works with the newspaper, lives in Brikama, 38 kilometers south of the Gambian capital, Banjul. He recently revealed a suspected threat posed to him by unidentified persons who stalk him anytime he sits out late night.

Former Liberian President Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for War Crimes

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is seen at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is seen at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam, the Netherlands

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at an international war crimes court sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday, saying he was responsible for "some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history."
The 64-year-old warlord-turned-president is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II and judges said they had no precedent when deciding his sentence.