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Banjul, 4 March 2020

IHRDA, in collaboration with The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in The Gambia (TANGO), is organizing a 2-day training workshop for about 30civil society organizations on international standards and legal instruments to fight against impunity for enforced disappearance (ED) and extrajudicial killings (EJK) in The Gambia.

The workshop runs from 4-5 March 2020 in Banjul, The Gambia.

Discussions touch on legal frameworks on ED and EJK, and using Gambian courts, regional and international mechanisms on human rights and criminal law, as well as universal jurisdiction, to seek individual and State accountability for ED and EJK. The workshop also includes sessions on documenting ED and EJK in The Gambia, interview techniques, and advocacy for justice and accountability in the fight against ED and EJK.

The workshop falls within the framework of efforts to ensure access to justice and remedy for victims of human rights violations perpetrated especially by agents of the Yahya Jammeh regime during his 22 years as President of The Gambia. It is one in a series of activities planned for the Gambia in a 2-year project jointly implemented in The Gambia, Mexico and Nepal by IHRDA, Trial International, swisspeace, the Human Rights and Justice Centre, and Fundación para la Justicia y Estado Democratico de Derecho (FJEDD), focusing on ED and EJK. Other activities already implemented in The Gambia include training workshop for the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations, and for the Gambia Bar Association, as well as documentation of ED and EJK cases.

The project is funded by the European Union.