Ramzia Diab Ghanim has been appointed the Gambia’s Ambassador to Malaysia and ASEAN by President Adama Barrow, the West African nation’s Foreign Ministry said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
ASEAN countries have a population of more than 622 million people and a combined GDP of $2.6 trillion, according to 2014 figures. The group has spurred economic integration, signing six free-trade agreements with other regional economies.
An aviation specialist by profession, Ms. Diab Ghanim has also been accredited to Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for a contract period of two years.
She was a nominated member of the Gambia’s parliament during former President Yahya Jammeh’s rule. After she fell out with the self-serving ruler, Diab was incarcerated and accused of conspiring to overthrow Jammeh’s government.
Diab became an independent politician and activist after her release. She endorsed and helped manage the campaign for the country’s first female presidential contender, Dr. Isatou Touray last year and taking part is unity talks that led to Barrow leading the opposition coalition to victory against Jammeh.
Diab has been a victim of human rights abuse in the hands of Jammeh’s government. While she was held at the inhumane Mile II Prison, she was subjected to torture and other degrading treatment.
After Barrow’s victory, she led a support group for victims of Jammeh’s regime and their families and helped bring together victims of the Habré government and Jammeh’s to share experiences.