Gambian Elected as Commissioner of African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights

Mrs. Janet Ramatoulie Sallah-Njie

A prominent lawyer and former commissioner of The Constitutional Review Commission, Mrs. Janet Ramatoulie Sallah Njie has been elected to serve as commissioner of the African commission on human and people’s rights.

In an announcement, the country’s justice ministry said Madam Sallah, a seasoned lawyer was elected in the executive council at the commission’s 39th session. 

Mrs. Sallah-Njie is an experienced legal practitioner and previously served as Solicitor General and Legal Secretary from 1998-2000.

Mrs Sallah Njie who is an ardent defender of Human Rights and Freedoms was also the first President of  female Lawyers association and a Board member for ActionAid.

“Her election as a Commissioner of African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights will add value to the Commission’s mandate to protect and enforce Human Rights on the Continent. This comes barely three days after the Gambia’s election to the @UN_HRC ,” the Justice ministry said of her appointment.

Reacting to the news of her appointment, Mrs Sallah- Njie said: ” I appreciate that this privilege carries a corresponding duty to contribute to the promotion and protection human and people’s rights in Africa, and to act with honesty, integrity and unwavering dedication, with courage of conviction. I shall therefore prove my mettle in other to be a worthy ambassador of The Gambia. I commit to work tirelessly to champion the promotion and protection of human and people’s rights, especially the rights of women and children.
I hope to be a source of inspiration for all young lawyers. I am particularly interested in mentoring the vibrant and hardworking, and active young female lawyers in The Gambia. To them I say the sky is the limit, as we strive and together work towards shattering all the glass ceilings around us.?” 

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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