Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh accused of rape and sexual assault

 

Human Rights Watch said the women they interviewed alleged that the former president “forced or coerced young women into having sex with him. Some were put on the state payroll and worked at State House as so-called ‘protocol girls,'” who were given cash and gifts, and promised scholarships and other privileges.

“Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property,” Reed Brody, of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “Rape and sexual assault are crimes, and Jammeh is not above the law.”

The organizations allege that Jammeh used his aides to pressure women to visit him in his private residence where he would sexually abuse them, according to a statement from Human Rights Watch Wednesday.

Three women have accused Gambia’s ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of carrying out a series of rapes and sexual assaults while in power, according to Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International, a group that advocates for crime victims.

Jammeh was Gambia’s leader from 1994 to 2016; he took power in a military coup but suffered a surprise election defeat to Adama Barrow in December 2016.
He is currently living in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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