• Gambian killings, torture fueling refugee crisis: HRW

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    BANJUL, Gambia: Shadowy paramilitaries and secret police in Gambia are fueling a growing refugee crisis through atrocities committed against critics of one of the world’s most repressive regimes, a new study said Thursday. “State of Fear”, the first ever report on the West African nation by Human Rights Watch, details extrajudicial killings, torture and disappearances that it says are “rife” in the tourist paradise. “Gambia may be (mainland) Africa’s smallest country but it also accounts for a growing number of people in the current migration crisis gripping Europe,” HRW said on the release of the 81-page report. President Yahya Jammeh, an outspoken military officer and former wrestler, has ruled the former British colony with an iron fist and an aura of mysticism since seizing power in 1994.

    AFP

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