Gambian lawmakers voted on Monday to uphold a ban on skin-lightening products in the country which was enacted in 1996 under former president Yahya Jammeh. Africa News reports that the government of President Adama Barrow sought to lift the skin-bleaching ban last year, arguing that it discriminated against women. Justice Minister Dawda Jallow also argued that criminalising people for using cosmetic products was an unfair punishment. But on Monday, several lawmakers argued in favour of maintaining the ban, citing health or religious reasons, with twenty-three MPs voting to uphold the ban and 10 voting to repeal it. Other MPs were either not present in the chamber, or abstained from voting.