Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee
The State party should investigate allegations of instances of excessive use of force, especially use of lethal force and extrajudicial executions by the security forces, without delay and bring to justice those found responsible for such acts. The security forces must be instructed to act in ways compatible with articles 6 and 7 of the Covenant.
The State party should ensure that all those arrested and detained are either properly charged and brought to trial without delay or released. Those who have been subjected to measures of arbitrary arrest and detention should be afforded an appropriate judicial remedy, including compensation.
16. The Committee expresses its concern about systemic discrimination against women:
(a) Section 33, subsections 5 (c) and (d) of the Constitution derogate from the general principle of non-discrimination; the girl child is discriminated against in respect of education; women are discriminated against in matters pertaining to divorce, which is only permitted under rare circumstances; there is further discrimination against women in inheritance matters;
(b) The participation of women in political life, and in public and private sector employment, is particularly inadequate, on the basis of the information before the Committee;
(c) There appear to be no appropriate laws to protect women against domestic violence.
* Pursuant to rule 69A, paragraph 3, of its rules of procedure, the Committee decided to make public the provisional concluding observations of The Gambia adopted and transmitted to the State party during its seventy-fifth session.