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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 2019 Annual Report activities and the status of human rights in The Gambia

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

Charges Against Madi Jobarteh Dropped by the IGP


“I am happy to announce that as Inspector General of Police of The Gambia Police Force, we are dropping all charges against Mr. Madi Jobarteh as from today. No other action will be taken against him as far as this case is concerned”, said the IGP.

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NHRC Statement on International Day of Democracy, 2020.

“Democracy strives in an environment in which the Government, as the primary duty bearer, respects and safeguards the fundamental human rights of everyone, upholds the rule of law, respects international human rights standards, follows the due process, ensures right to access justice and remedies and is accountable to the people even in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic”, said Emmanuel D. Joof, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.

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Urgent Government Action Needed to Address the Caste System in the Upper River Region and Other Parts of The Gambia.

"Discrimination of any type or nature, including one based on caste, has no place in a civilized society and certainly not in The Gambia where the 1997 Constitution accords every citizen and resident equal rights and protection and a free and dignified life."

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