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The NHRC seeks to boost human rights standards in The Gambia

The NHRC seeks to boost human rights standards in The Gambia and to nurture a culture of respect for rights and freedoms guaranteed by the rule of law. This is done through capacity building and awareness creation of law enforcement, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and communities using:

  • Online platforms and print media – social media (twitter, facebook and youtube), TV, radio, newspaper, etc
  • Training, conferences, seminars and press briefings.
  • Outreach programmes to rural communities, regional government offices and CSOs.
  • Publishes guidelines and manuals for a better understanding of rights, duties and obligations of all.

Please find attached the NHRC 2020 Annual Report of activities and the State of Human Rights in The Gambia 2020

Welcome remarks

By the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission

My fellow Gambians,

In 2017, The National Assembly enacted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Act 2017. With this Act, The Gambia established its first ever NHRC with a mandate to promote and protect human rights.

One of its core functions of the NHRC is to investigate a violation of any human right, at its own initiative or on a complaint made by any person or a group of persons.

The Commission also formulates guidelines, policies and Standard Operating Procedures to guide and ensure that state institutions including law enforcement uphold human rights standards that are consistent with the rule of law and justice.

As a newly established Commission, the NHRC is developing and adapting tools and best practices from both national and international partners to optimize effectiveness in promoting and protecting fundamental human rights in The Gambia.

I urge all Gambians and residents to respect the rule of law as you enjoy the liberties guaranteed by the laws of The Gambia.


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Powers of the Commission

The NHRC of The Gambia has the prerogative to:

Receive and hear complaints

from the public on human rights violations,

Recommend appropriate remedial actions

to the Government and seeks appropriate remedial actions on behalf of victims

Reserves the right to investigate suspected cases

of human rights violations and to report to the Government and all relevant institutions on any such investigations; and

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Recent Press Releases

Condemnation of the Public Utterances of the Alkalo of Babylon Village Against the Christian Community in The Gambia.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is aware of a video recording on GTTV in which a man purported to be the Alkalo of Babylon, a settlement near Lamin village in the West Coast Region, made derogatory statements about Christians. His comments included his disapproval of the construction of a church in his village or allocating land for such a purpose. The Commission finds the remarks of the said Alkalo to be wrong, unwarranted, insensitive, demeaning, unjustified and totally disrespectful towards a faith whose believers have every right to construct their place of worship in the country.
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Statement on the political climate of The Gambia

Statement on the political climate of The Gambia
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2021 NHRC Statement On Day of the African Child: A Gambia Fit for Children.

2021 NHRC Statement On Day of the African Child: A Gambia Fit for Children.
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