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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.

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Welcome remarks

By the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission

My fellow Gambians,

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was established by the NHRC Act 2017, giving The Gambia its first ever National Human Rights Commission with a mandate to promote and protect human rights.

One of its core functions is to investigate a violation of any human right, at its own initiative or through 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.

At its session held from 14 to 25 March 2022, the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) granted the NHRC 'A' Status just after 3 years of its operation. This means that the NHRC is deemed fully compliant with the United Nations Paris Principles which are a set of international standards that rate National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on their independence, inclusivity, diversity and broad mandate.

With this achievement, The Gambia joins 118 members of GANHRI, 86 of whom are “A” status NHRIs and 32 “B” status NHRIs around the world. 

As we continue to promote and protect human rights for everyone, 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

Prevailing Intense Political Situation in the Country

"The Commission strongly reiterates that the conduct of peaceful, free and fair elections is integral to the country’s transitional justice process and any actions or utterances that hamper this will crucially jeopardise our much-anticipated democratic consolidation."
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Rising Religious Tension in the Country

Our 1997 Constitution guarantees to all persons in the country the right to freedom of religion and belief and the right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of religion or other beliefs.
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Statement on International Women’s Day 2023

Although every day of the year is a perfect opportunity to support and celebrate women in our communities, on March 8th- we highlight the gains, challenges and lessons learnt in our strife to empower and improves the lives of women and girls.
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