On Thursday 26 March 2015 the Human Rights Council held its 28th
session at Geneva to consider the universal periodic review report of
the working group (the troika) which relates to the human rights
situation in The Gambia.The report of the troika (outcome report), which constitutes the
outcome of the review, includes 171 recommendations for consideration
by The Gambia, 93 of which were supported and 78 noted by The Gambia,
according to the troika. It also consists of the questions, comments
and recommendations made by States to the country under review.
The following countries made observations at the session on the report
of the troika: Kuwait, Libya, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, United
Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Botswana, China, Cuba and Ghana.
NGOs such as Article 19, Amnesty International and RHADDO also made
At the end of the 28 minute session the outcome of the universal
periodic review of The Gambia was adopted.
The session was initially scheduled to place on 18 March 2015 at 2 pm
but according to the troika such a session could only take place if
The Gambia responds to the recommendations contained in the report.
However, the chairperson informed the session that by 18 March no response
to the recommendations was received from The Gambia which led to the
postponement of the session; that this was followed by a series of
formal and informal exchanges between the office of the high
commissioner of human rights and The Gambia, which led The Gambia to
take a position on 24 March 2015 on all the recommendations.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves
a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member
It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they
have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries
and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.
The ultimate goal of UPR is the improvement of the human rights
situation in every country with significant consequences for people
around the globe.
The review of the Gambia’s human rights situation was held on 28
October 2014. The delegation of the Gambia was headed by Basiru V.P.
Mahoney, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. At its 10th meeting
held on 31 October 2014, the Working Group (the troika) adopted the
report on the Gambia.
On 15 January 2014, the Human Rights Council selected the following
group of rapporteurs (troika) to facilitate the review of the Gambia:
France, Kenya and Maldives.
The following documents were issued for the review of the Gambia: (a)
A national report submitted/written presentation made (b) A
compilation prepared by the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (c) A summary prepared by the
Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights OHCHR (d) A list of
questions prepared in advance by the Czech Republic, Germany,
Liechtenstein, Mexico, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was
transmitted to the Gambia through the troika.