By Buba Gagigo and Lamin Fatty
FANTANKA has launched the TRRC Child-Friendly Report at a local hotel in Senegambia on Friday afternoon.
The report aims to avail children and the younger people the opportunity to be able to understand better the revelations of the TRRC around human rights violations.
Former TRRC executive Dr Baba Galleh Jallow said: “I am happy that organisations like FANTANKA are carrying the touch of ‘Never Again’ into the future. And I’m sure you will all succeed with the support of the society to ensure that Gambian children have the knowledge and the skills and determination to prevent the reoccurrence of events like April 10th-11th 2000.”
The Chief Executive Officer of FANTANKA, Mariama Joberteh said the need to include young people in the transitional justice process is ‘significant’.
“The need to include and encourage the participation of young people in the transitional justice process is therefore and obvious one. After all they also have the biggest stage in successful outcome of the transitional justice in the Gambia. The TRRC made a great job of making sure that youth and children were involved and kept aware of its work. It is therefore only fair that the final outcome of the TRRC work contains in the TRRC’s Final report is also available to young people and chicken,” she said.
Sarata Ceesay, Speaker of the children’s National Assembly thanked FANTANKA for the report; and said the work would go a long way in promoting the participation children on national processes.
“I want to express appreciation to FANTAKA’s work of coming with this Child-Friendly Report. This a piece of work that would go a long way in promoting the participation of of children in national processes, especially the transitional justice process,” she said.
This Child-Friendly version of the TRRC Report is a summary of the TRRC’s findings and recommendations, but also includes a short introduction to transitional justice, with particular focus on the Gambian context.
The report by Fantanka aims to complement the work of the TRRC and the The Gambia Government in extending the reach of the TRRC’s Report.
Fantanka recognises the need to involve children and young people as active stakeholders in The Gambia’s transitional process, and the work is geared towards that objective.