Law enforcement in Gabon

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The Gendarmerie nationale gabonaise is the national police force of Gabon. It was formed in 1960 when Gabon, formerly French Equatorial Africa, gained its independence from France.

In 2007, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs investigated reports that Gabonese police officers occasionally beat confessions out of prisoners, as well as beat, rob, and rape prostitutes.[1]

Gabonese police clashed with opposition protesters in Libreville in 2005[2] and 2011.[3]


  1. ^ Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2007. Government Printing Office. August 2008. p. 229. 
  2. ^ "Gabon police clash with marchers". BBC. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Gualbert Mezui Ndong, Phal (27 January 2011). "Gabon police tear gas protesters, tensions rise". Reuters. Retrieved 15 March 2011.