Crisis in Gambia

Gambia’s long-term president first said he would respect recent election results, but then reversed position and made a last-minute Supreme Court challenge despite pleas from neighboring leaders. Protests are banned; his opponent, the elections commission chair, and journalists all fear reprisal. In this crisis, Human Rights Watch has urged police and security forces to do the right thing: “it’s crucial that they act in a politically neutral and professional manner, and that means refusing orders that violate basic human rights. If they fail to do so, the consequences could be devastating.”

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