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With Jammeh’s exit, CHRI Calls for The Gambia’s Return to ICC and Commonwealth: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) welcomes the peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and the restoration of democracy in the country following the self-exile of former President, Mr Yahya Jammeh.  CHRI appreciates the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in this process. Yash Ghai, Chair of CHRI’s International Advisory Commission, said, “The restoration of democracy is a positive development for the whole of Africa. Equally welcome is the coming together of the presidents of neighbouring states to restore democracy.” In the 22 year rule of Jammeh after the coup, that brought him to power, The Gambia witnessed a dramatic erosion of the rule of law, grave violations of human rights and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms. The hallmarks of Jammeh’s presidency were increasing incidences of unlawful detention, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings by security forces of dissenters and those who dared to question the government.

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With Jammeh’s exit, CHRI Calls for The Gambia’s Return to ICC and Commonwealth: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) welcWith Jammeh’s exit, CHRI Calls for The Gambia’s Return to ICC and Commonwealth: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) welcomes the peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and the restoration of democracy in the country following the self-exile of former President, Mr Yahya Jammeh.  CHRI appreciates the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in this process. Yash Ghai, Chair of CHRI’s International Advisory Commission, said, “The restoration of democracy is a positive development for the whole of Africa. Equally welcome is the coming together of the presidents of neighbouring states to restore democracy.” In the 22 year rule of Jammeh after the coup, that brought him to power, The Gambia witnessed a dramatic erosion of the rule of law, grave violations of human rights and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms. The hallmarks of Jammeh’s presidency were increasing incidences of unlawful detention, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings by security forces of dissenters and those whoWith Jammeh’s exit, CHRI Calls for The Gambia’s Return to ICC and Commonwealth: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) welcomes the peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and the restoration of democracy in the country following the self-exile of former President, Mr Yahya Jammeh.  CHRI appreciates the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in this process. Yash Ghai, Chair of CHRI’s International Advisory Commission, said, “With Jammeh’s exit, CHRI Calls for The Gambia’s Return to ICC and Commonwealth: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) welcomes the peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and the restoration of democracy in the country following the self-exile of former President, Mr Yahya Jammeh.  CHRI appreciates the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in this process. Yash Ghai, Chair of CHRI’s International Advisory Commission, said, “The restoration of democracy is a positive development for the whole of Africa. Equally welcome is the coming together of the presidents of neighbouring states to restore democracy.” In the 22 year rule of Jammeh after the coup, that brought him to power, The Gambia witnessed a dramatic erosion of the rule of law, grave violations of human rights and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms. The hallmarks of Jammeh’s presidency were increasing incidences of unlawful detention, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings by security forces of dissenters and those who dared to question the government. – See more at: http://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/press-releases/with-jammehs-exit-chri-calls-for-the-gambias-return-to-icc-and-commonwealth#sthash.TzctMsAu.dpuf