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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.

The 2021 SDK Human Rights Moot Case and Rules of Procedure.

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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In Memoriam of Dr. Adama Agnes Kallay Campbell, PhD.

"A lily of a day Is fairer far in May, Although it fall and die that night— It was the plant and flower of Light..."Ben Johnson With deep sadness and sorrow, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regrets to announce the passing of Dr. Agnes Kallay nee Campbell which sad event occurred in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday 31st July, 2021. Dr. Campbell was one of the pioneer Commissioners of the National Human Rights Commission when it was established in February 2019. She contributed immensely to the establishment of the Secretariat and in laying all the requisite pillars which have brought us thus far. With distinction she served until her early resignation in February 2020 due to ill health. Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Campbell had worked with various organisations and institutions, at home and abroad, including the Ministry of Health, Royal Victoria Hospital as it was then known, and Action Aid International The Gambia. We would wish to extend this sad news to H.E President Adama Barrow and his entire Cabinet, the Hon. Speaker and Members of the National Assembly, members of the CSO fraternity, the UN Agencies in The Gambia, and all friends and colleagues. We pray that the Lord warmly welcomes her in His Kingdom. May her departed soul rest in eternal peace. Funeral service of the late Dr. Agnes Kallay Campbell will be held at the Saint Therese’s Church at Westfield on Wednesday 4th August at 2pm. Emmanuel D. Joof Chairperson National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
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