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Gambia: Truth and Reconciliation Report Must Lead to Justice and Reparations for Victims

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Gambia: Truth and Reconciliation Report Must Lead to Justice and Reparations for Victims

The perpetrators, some of whom are still in the security apparatus, must be brought to justice.

LONDON, UK, November 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

As the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) today presents its final report to President Adama Barrow, Amnesty International West Africa researcher Michèle Eken said: “The Commission’s report must give way to an unequivocal commitment from the Gambian authorities that justice and reparations will finally be handed over to the victims of decades of human rights violations under President Yahya Jammeh’s regime.

“For more than 20 years, Gambians who fell out of favor with the Jammeh regime were tortured, extrajudicially executed and arbitrarily detained for prolonged periods. Human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, sexual and gender-based violence, and attacks on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, were rampant.

“The perpetrators, some of whom are still in the security apparatus, must appear in court and the authorities must ensure that these state-sponsored human rights violations are never repeated.”

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Today, commissioners from the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) presented their final report to President Adama Barrow.

Established in December 2017, the main objective of the TRRC was to create an impartial historical register of human rights violations and abuses from July 1994 to January 2017 in order to “promote healing and reconciliation, respond to the needs of victims, address impunity, and prevent the repetition of violations and abuses suffered by formulating recommendations for the establishment of adequate preventive mechanisms, including institutional and legal reforms ”.

It was also intended to establish and make known the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared victims and to grant reparations to the victims in the pertinent cases. On October 15, 2018, President Adama Barrow appointed and sworn in the 11 TRRC commissioners who began their hearings on January 7, 2019. He presented his Interim Report to the Government on April 29, 2020.

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