The Gambia. According to CountryAAH, the total population in Gambia is 2,416,679 people in 2020. 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 against corruption.
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.