The ISHR Gambia chapter in Bakoteh Layout was established
in Banjul on the December 10, 1991 as activists and monitors
of human rights violations and to ensure that the clauses
of the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights are put into force.
The organisation's other functions are to provide aid to the
families of political prisoners, sensitisation training for
law enforcers, reports on prison conditions, campaign for
law reform, organises lectures and workshops.
The NGO's outlook is that African countries are duty bound
to take necessary steps to increase the level of awareness
of the people of Africa as a necessary means for their comprehension
of their basic rights.
Furthermore, that African governments recognise that the rule
of law, respect for human rights and democracy are pre-requisites
for development and social stability. Finally, the necessity
of building a network which will act to promote, protect and
defend human rights.
The Gambian branch office of the International Society for
Human Rights is organised into a number of main areas. These
are as follows:
• Documentation unit
• Education and training program
• Human rights procedures
• Internship placement scheme on human rights
• Publications department