Gambia's Ex-President Linked to 2005 Massacre

Author:
Human Rights Watch
Publisher:
Human Rights Watch
Publication Date:
15 May 2018
Tags:
Gambia, Human Rights, Legal and Judicial Affairs, Migration

A paramilitary unit controlled by then-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. Interviews with 30 former Gambian officials, including 11 officers directly involved in the incident, reveal that the migrants, who were bound for Europe but were suspected of being mercenaries intent on overthrowing Jammeh, were murdered after having been detained by Jammeh's closest deputies in the army, navy, and police forces. The witnesses identified the "Junglers," a notorious unit that took its orders directly from Jammeh, as those who carried out the killings.


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