The Gambia. According to
CountryAAH, the Free Trade Union International (FFI)
condemned restrictions on trade union rights in The Gambia
and discrimination against women in education and in the
labor market. According to FFI, one third of children aged
10-14 are forced into the labor market. FFI described the
Gambia as a regional center for human trafficking, not least
for sexual exploitation. UN Children's Fund UNICEF raised
alarm that the sexual exploitation of children is increasing
in The Gambia and that it is mainly Gambian men - not
Northern European tourists - who abuse their children.
According to UNICEF, Gambian sugar daddies are taking
advantage of the increasing poverty of attracting children,
often with parental consent.
In July, public hearings were started by current and
former ministers as well as senior military, who were forced
to detail their financial assets in detail. The hearings
were described as a way to curb corruption, but since the
interrogations were updated after a day on the occasion of
the lavish celebration of the regime's ten years in power,
there was some doubt about the honest intent of the fight
In November, the government abolished a two-year-old,
heavily criticized media law, just before the Supreme Court
would deal with the journalist association's appeal against
it. But instead, a new law was introduced that penalizes
"upsetting" reporting with up to three years in prison.
Shortly thereafter, one of Gambia's best-known journalists,
the newspaper The Point's editor-in-chief Deyda Hydara, was
assassinated, which criticized the new law.