KONFRONTASI - "Hari ini Republik Gambia meminta Anda untuk mendengar tangisan genosida dan tangisan permintaan tolong ini," kata Aboubacarr Tambadou, yang juga menteri kehakiman Gambia, memulai argumennya dengan kata-kata penuh emosi di Mahkamah Internasional atau International Court of Justice (ICJ) di Den Haag, Selasa (10/12/2019).
KONFRONTASI-Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the U.N.’s International Court of Justice on Tuesday to defend her country over charges of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, as back home thousands of people rallied in her support.
Gambia launched the proceedings against Buddhist-majority Myanmar in November, accusing it of violating its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention.
KONFRONTASI-Sebanyak 57 orang tewas setelah kapal yang membawa sekitar 150 migran dari Gambia tenggelam di lepas pantai Mauritania pada Rabu, menurut badan migrasi PBB.
Jalur laut berbahaya dari Afrika Barat ke Eropa pernah menjadi rute utama bagi migran yang mencari pekerjaan dan kesejahteraan. Insiden ini merupakan salah satu yang paling mematikan sejak sejumlah upaya tidak cukup ketika Spanyol memperketat patroli pada pertengahan tahun 2000an.
KONFRONTASI-Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh "handpicked" women to rape or sexually coerce by offering cash, gifts and other privileges, international rights groups alleged.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Swiss NGO TRIAL International said three women accused Jammeh of rape and sexual assault while he was in office between 1996 and 2017.
Jammeh's administration was notorious for its brutality and corruption, but it was the first time that sexual abuse of women was extensively and publicly documented.
"Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property," said Reed Brody, HRW's legal counsel.
"Rape and sexual assault are crimes and Jammeh is not above the law - and no woman is beneath it," he added.
The investigation was based on evidence from four women, eight former Gambian officials, and several other witnesses, the rights groups said.
Jammeh had "protocol girls" who were required to be on call to provide him with sex.
He "handpicked young women to satisfy his sexual fantasies", according to a top aide quoted.
The findings also alleged as an inducement, Jammehwould lavish gifts on them, provide support for their impoverished families, or offer a scholarship to study abroad.
They were required to live next to his residence and were barred from leaving without his authorisation. If they refused his sexual demands, he would threaten or hit them, according to testimonies.
The "protocol girls" were overseen by his female cousin, Jimbee Jammeh, who also procured other women for him, the statement said.
One of the victims was Toufah Jallow, then an 18-year-old drama student, who was the 2014 winner of the main state-sponsored beauty pageant, which Jammeh had lauded as "a means to empower girls".
Over six months, she refused his advances, rejected his offer to become a "protocol girl", and a proposal to marry him, Jallow said.
After aides brought her to attend a pre-Ramadan Quran recital at the State House, Yahya locked her in a room, hit and threatened her, injected her with a liquid and raped her, according to her testimony.
She fled to Senegal days later.
KONFRONTASI- Seorang mantan putri kecantikan di Gambia, Toufah Jallow mengungkapkan bahwa dia pernah diperkosa oleh mantan Presiden Yahya Jammeh saat diktator itu berkuasa. Pengakuan perempuan berusia 23 tahun itu merupakan bagian dari laporan organisasi hak asasi manusia (HAM) Human Rights Watch and Trial International yang merinci dugaan pelecehan seksual dan perkosaan yang dilakukan Jammeh.
KONFRONTASI-Police in The Gambia have arrested the country's former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, both accused of overseeing killings, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture and rape during their time in office.
Spy chief Yankuba Badjie and director of operations Sheikh Omar Jeng were detained on Monday and being investigated for potential abuses of power, spokesman Foday Conta told the DPA news agency on Wednesday.
KONFRONTASI-Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who for weeks had refused to step down after losing the recent election, has confirmed that he has decided to relinquish power.
"I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians," he said in a statement broadcast on state television early on Saturday.
The announcement came after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave.