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Top U.N. court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says Myanmar must 'take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts' described by the 1948 Genocide Convention

RULING ON MYANMAR. President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23, 2020 in the lawsuit filed by The Gambia against Myanmar in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

ICJ to rule next week on urgent measures in Rohingya genocide case

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The ruling comes a month after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to The Hague to defend the bloody 2017 crackdown by her nation's army against the Rohingya

ROHINGYA REFUGEES. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 Rohingya refugees watch on a mobile phone a live feed of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance at the UN's International Court of Justice in the Hague in the Netherlands. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

Myanmar faces genocide lawsuit at top U.N. court

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The lawsuit accuses mainly Buddhist Myanmar of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention through a brutal military campaign targeting the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state

THE ROHINGYA REMEMBER. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Senegal's rebels blame massacre to logging feud

Jan 08, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) says it 'firmly condemns' the killings, which it says seeks to derail efforts to restore peace to the troubled Casamance region

Abdoulaye Balde (2nd R), the mayor of the southern regional capital of Ziguinchor, visits a victim of an attack by armed men in the Bayotte forest on January 7, 2018. A ministerial fact-finding mission was headed to Casamance in southern Senegal on January 7, after 13 youths were killed in the first upsurge in violence in the isolated region in years. The youths were collecting wood in the Bayotte forest, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the regional capital Ziguinchor, "when they were attacked by an armed band of 15 people", army spokesman Abdou Ndiaye told AFP. A source in Ziguinchor said that 13 were killed and two were able to escape, with Ndiaye adding that seven others were injured in the attack. Photo by Seyllou/AFP

Study shows Sub-Saharan Africa's dependency on China

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:24 PM

An economist and Sub-Saharan Africa specialist says 'there is no doubt about a strong dependence on China for countries that produce oil and minerals'

DEPENDENT. In Africa, the 'Made in China' sign can be seen all over the continent. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Gambia celebrates Barrow's inauguration

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:52 PM

February 18 is also the anniversary of The Gambia s independence from Britain but many are also calling the day the birth of a third republic following the ousting of Yahya Jammeh at the ballot box

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Gambia's new president Adama Barrow waves to supporters as he leaves the airport in Banjul on January 26, 2017, after returning from Senegal. Carl de Souza/AFP

Gambia to boost press freedom in constitution overhaul

Feb 08, 2017 - 10:31 PM

Reform particularly in the criminal justice sector and media law reform are priorities according to freshly appointed justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou

Gambia president plans massive gov't overhaul

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Adama Barrow faces an uphill task after taking over from Yahya Jammeh who left behind a dysfunctional economy and allegedly emptied state coffers ahead of his departure

Gambia's new president Adama Barrow waves to supporters as he leaves the airport in Banjul on January 26, 2017, after returning from Senegal. Carl de Souza/AFP

Jubilant Gambia awaits president's return

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Adama Barrow s return caps days of anxious waiting in the tiny former British colony that was thrown into chaos when longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refused to leave after losing a December 1 vote

MR PRESIDENT This file photo taken on December 12, 2016 shows Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow speaking during an interview in Banjul. Seyllou/AFP

Gambia's Barrow names VP, could go after Jammeh plunder

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The alleged plunder of some £11 million by Jammeh as he clung on to power in recent weeks has left the tiny African country in financial difficulty a Barrow aide says

A man counts Dalasi, currency of The Gambia, in Banjul on January 23, 2017. Carl de Souza/AFP

African troops prepare for Gambian president's return

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Meanwhile Equatorial Guinea authorities refuse to confirm Yahya Jammeh s arrival despite an opposition statement condemning the relocation

Senegalese soldiers members of ECOWAS forces (Economic Community of West African States) arrive in Banjul as they drive to secure the Statehouse on January 22, 2017.  Carl de Souza/AFP

Gambia's Jammeh leaves power after 22 years

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:14 AM

Yahya Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Adama Barrow was declared the winner triggering weeks of uncertainty that almost ended in a military intervention involving 5 other west African nations

DEPARTURE. Former president Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia's leader for 22 years, waves from the plane as he leaves the country on 21 January 2017 in Banjul. Stringer/AFP

Gambia's Jammeh declares he will stand down

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:14 AM

UPDATED I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians says Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh

TAKING OVER. This handout picture taken and released by the Senegalese presidency on January 20, 2017, shows Senegal's President Macky Sall (L) and Gambia's new President Adama Barrow (R) attending Friday prayer at the Omarienne mosque in Dakar. Handout photo by Senegalese Presidency/AFP

African forces suspend operation in Gambia for final talks

Jan 20, 2017 - 10:09 AM

UPDATED If by midday he doesn t agree to leave The Gambia we really will intervene militarily says Marcel Alain de Souza head of the Economic Community of West African States

ULTIMATUM. This file photo taken on November 24, 2016 in Brikama shows Gambia's incumbent President Yahya Jammeh (C) smiling while being greeted by supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally ahead of the December 1 presidential election. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

African troops on standby as Gambia deadline passes

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

UPDATED Jammeh was given a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action but diplomats say he remained in The Gambia by 2330 GMT

EVACUATION. Tourists prepare to leave their hotel in Banjul on January 18, 2017 after the British Government changed the travel advisory for Gambia to amber due to the state of emergency issued by Gambian President Jammeh. Stringer/AFP

Gambia's president declares state of emergency

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declares a state of emergency just two days before he is due to step down

This file photo taken on March 28, 2014 shows outgoing President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia attending the 44th summit of the 15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Gambian crisis takes center stage at Mali summit

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has made clear he will not stand aside until the country s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the results of last month s polls

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and France's President Francois Hollande (C) pose with African leaders for a family picture at the start of the Africa-France summit in Bamako on January 14, 2017. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Head of Gambia's electoral commission flees to Senegal

Jan 04, 2017 - 10:36 AM

The head of Gambia s electoral commission flees to neighboring Senegal fearing a plot against him a month after declaring President Yahya Jammeh lost elections

People hold a banner reading 'Gambia made its choice, let's respect it' along with placards reading 'Save democracy in Gambia, save the new Gambia' during a protest in support of Gambia by Senegalese NGOs and civil rights groups in Dakar on December 17, 2016. Seyllou/AFP

UN Security Council demands Gambia's Jammeh hand over power

Dec 11, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The UN Security Council demands that Gambia s leader Yahya Jammeh hand over power to the president elect after he rejected the election results in a dramatic political U turn

This file photo taken on March 28, 2014 shows President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia attending the 44th summit of the 15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Gambia's Jammeh rejects election results a week after conceding defeat

Dec 10, 2016 - 9:28 AM

President Yahya Jammeh points to an accounting error which awarded victory to his opponent Adama Barrow but with a slimmer margin than initially announced

Incumbent Gambian president Yahya Jammeh (C) leaves the polling booth after casting his marble for presidential election in a polling station, in Banjul on December 01, 2016. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Gambia's shock presidential victor hails new era

Dec 03, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Yahya Jammeh congratulates Adama Barrow for his clear victory adding: I wish him all the best and I wish all Gambians the best

NEW ERA. In this file photo, Adama Barrow, the flag-bearer of the coalition of the seven opposition political parties in Gambia, greets supporters from the roof of his car at a gathering in the buffer Zone district of Talinding on November 29, 2016 on the last day of the presidential campaign in Gambia. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Gambia notifies UN of ICC pullout

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:16 AM

The Gambia is the third African country to give formal notice of a pullout from the International Criminal Court

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Gambia's first female presidential candidate bows out

Nov 06, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Gambia s first ever female presidential candidate Isatou Touray withdraws from the race to offer my unflinching support and cooperation to the coalition of opposition parties

Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang says the International Criminal Court is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of color

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 23, 2015 shows the building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.  South Africa will withdraw from the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), media reports in Johannesburg said on October 21, 2016, sparking rapid criticism from rights bodies. A document confirming the withdrawal plan, signed by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, was published by public broadcaster SABC's United Nations correspondent. The "Instrument of Withdrawal" letter said South Africa "found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful resolution of conflicts at times are incompatible with the interpretation given by the International Criminal Court". The decision follows a dispute last year when South Africa allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to visit the country for an African Union summit, despite him facing an arrest warrant from the ICC. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Martijn Beekman

Gambia president declares country an 'Islamic state'

Dec 13, 2015 - 12:12 PM

President Yahya Jammeh also stresses that rights of the Christian minority will be respected and women will not be held to a dress code

This file photo taken on September 25, 2014 shows Gambian President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh addressing the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo from AFP

Foreign envoys head to Myanmar after boatpeople breakthrough

May 21, 2015 - 11:22 AM

US and Southeast Asian envoys hope to build on a breakthrough in an impasse which has left thousands stranded at sea

AIMLESSLY FLOATING. Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are seen in their boat before their rescue by Aceh fisherman in Julok, East Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Gambia offers to resettle all Rohingya boatpeople

May 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As human beings more so fellow Muslims it is a sacred duty to help alleviate the untold hardships and sufferings fellow human beings are confronted with

REFUGEES. Women and children at the refugee camp in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, sheltering migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors describe smugglers' abuse

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The men describe how the people smugglers operated a reign of terror while the migrants were held prior to embarkment in a disused building near Tripoli

Ebola strikes 4th American as UN ramps up response

Oct 03, 2014 - 10:59 AM

UPDATED By far the most deadly epidemic of Ebola on record has spread into five west African countries since the start of the year infecting more than 7 000 people and killing about half of them

EBOLA. Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Nervous West Africa awaits experimental Ebola drug

Aug 14, 2014 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED Terror has gripped the impoverished west African countries with harrowing tales have emerged of people being shunned by their villages as the virus fells those around them

DEAD. A second senior doctor in Sierra Leone was confirmed dead from Ebola. Photo from AFP

Nigeria suspends Gambian national airline over Ebola virus

Aug 10, 2014 - 11:21 PM

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority deemed measures by the airline to contain the spread of the Ebola virus unsatisfactory

SUSPENDED. Gambia Bird Airlines must implement measures set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on containing the spread of the Ebola virus for the suspension to be lifted. Photo from Wikipedia

Mali, Senegal evacuate citizens from restive Central Africa

Jan 07, 2014 - 8:31 AM

Mali and Senegal have repatriated hundreds of their nationals fleeing sectarian violence in the Central African Republic

Gambia pulls out of Commonwealth

Oct 03, 2013 - 7:40 AM

UPDATED Gov t: The Gambia will never be a member of any neo colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism