Jun 26, 2020, 11:59 AM
The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), under its Human Resources Department yesterday organised a day long orientation seminar for its senior managers across the country.
In response, China has covered for its neighbour, while Western governments have issued only half-hearted condemnations. By contrast, Abubacarr Tambadou, 47, a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and, until this past summer, Justice Minister in Gambia, was not cowed. Moved by his 2018 visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh where he heard the haunting testimonies of Rohingya survivors, Tambadou and his government brought a case before the International Court of Justice, accusing Myanmar of perpetrating genocide. In January 2020 they won an extraordinary initial ruling against Myanmar and its leader (and courtroom defender) Aung San Suu Kyi, as the judges ordered that Myanmar “take all measures within its power” to stop violent attacks against the Rohingya while the court continues to investigate the country’s past actions.
Why would his country—the smallest in mainland Africa— take action on mass atrocities on the other side of the world when others looked away? Partly, it’s personal. Gambia was ruled by a brutal dictator for two decades, and Tambadou wishes outsiders had exerted more pressure during those dark days. But mainly, he says, because it is right: “International law is not the exclusive preserve of the rich and powerful countries… you do not have to have military power or economic power to stand for justice, to stand for what is right. We are doing this in the name of humanity.” Source: Times
As part of their contributions towards the fight against coronavirus in The Gambia, Project Aid The Gambia together with the German Embassy in Gambia has donated 34 ventilators, 18 hospital beds and other medical accessories worth more than D11.5 million to the Ministry of Health.
The Republic of Liberia has lost her full membership rights at the African Union, is now an observer at the African Union, one without a voting right, from being a founder to a shocking rejected stone, one who understood the purpose for which the organization was founded.