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Survey Shows Many Gambians Support Extraditing Former President Jammeh

Yahya AJJ Jammeh Former President of The Gambia



Afrobarometer Survey shows in The Gambia, many citizens support the extradition of former President Yahya Jammeh to face justice.

 “Six in 10 Gambians (61%) say the government should seek the extradition of Jammeh, a 10-percentage point increase compared to 2018.”

The survey also shows increasing support for prosecuting perpetrators of crimes and human rights violations committed under Jammeh’s 22-year reign.

“Almost three-fourths (73%) of Gambians say perpetrators of crimes and human-rights abuses during Jammeh’s regime should be tried in court, a 5-percentage-point increase compared to 2018.”

Other key findings of the research firm show that- more than one in four citizens (28%) say they or a member of their family suffered human-rights abuses under Jammeh’s regime; and citizens expect the TRRC’s work to lead to a variety of outcomes, including national peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing (34%); accurate records of human- rights abuses of the previous regime (30%); prosecution of accused perpetrators (28%); and support for victims and their families to overcome long-held pain.

The research also states that the proportion of citizens in favour of seeking Jammeh’s extradition has increased significantly, over the past three years.

However, it also indicates that opinions are divided on the government’s decision to sell Jammeh’s properties and on whether he should be allowed to return to the country.

Afrobarometer is a pan-African survey research network that provides reliable data on Africans’ experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.

The firm has conducted eight rounds of surveys in up to 39 countries since 1999. Round 8 surveys (2019/2021) cover 34 countries including The Gambia.

During its findings, it conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.

The Afrobarometer team in The Gambia is led by the Center for Policy, Research and Strategic Studies (CepRass), which interviewed 1,200 adult Gambians between 30 January and 23 February 2021.

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