By Buba Gagigo
The National Human Rights Commission in The Gambia has urged President Adama Barrow to share the final report of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission with relevant Stakeholders.
“Now that the TRRC has completed the task for which it was set up, the Government of The Gambia has the duty to take the next important step. We hereby urge the President, to consider and share the report with all relevant stakeholders as provided for in
that TRRC ACT, issue a White Paper report and put in place all the necessary mechanisms, institutions, processes, and resources to implement all the recommendations fully and adequately within a realistic timeframe.
“The TRRC final report should provide the country and the Government the unique opportunity to right the wrongs committed under the former regime; assure justice to the
Survivors and families of the victims of human rights violations, heal the nation, address impunity, and embark on institutional, administrative, legislative, and constitutional reforms,” the Commission said in the statement on Wednesday.
In line with NHRC’s advisory role to the State and cognizant of the great importance of the
TRRC report in the transitional justice process of the country, the NHRC strongly urged the
Government to exhibit the highest level of commitment and implement the recommendations contained in the TRRC Report, the statement added.
“As a matter of priority, the NHRC strongly recommends that the Government: Expedite the policy, administrative, security and legal reforms; establish and strengthen all the necessary accountability institutions and mechanisms for the effective implementation of the TRRC recommendations; and ensure that victims receive timely and appropriate reparations,” NHRC urged.
The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) would tomorrow, (Thursday, 25 November 2021), present its final report to President Adama Barrow, after 871 days of public hearings which involved extensive investigations and testimonies from 392 witnesses covering different themes.
The TRRC, established by the TRRC Act 2017, was launched by the President on 15th October 2018 and conducted its first public hearing on 7th January 2019.
The commission was mandated to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of the nature, causes and extent of violations and abuses of human rights committed during the period July 1994 to January 2017 and to consider the granting of reparations to victims.