By Landing Ceesay
President Adama Barrow assured the victims of human rights violations under former President Jammeh that his Government would ensure justice is served to them.
The head of state made the assurance today shortly after receiving the final report of the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) at State House.
“In a special way, I thank the witnesses and their families for their fortitude and courageous testimonies. I assure them that my government will ensure that justice is done. But I urged them to be patient and allow the legal process to take its cause. That way Justice will prevail and we will be able to heal as a country and move forward united and stronger with greater determination,” he assured.
The President further assured that his government would carefully study the report for appropriate action, and inform the public of its position within six months.
“I assure you all that my government will study the report carefully for appropriate action. Thereafter, the government will inform the general public of its position in a white paper that will be published within six months from today. I advise all Gambians to exercise restraint. I want to make this very clear to the Gambian people and the entire world that I am the architect of the TRRC. I don’t think anybody would have been interested in the TRRC more than myself as the architect and knowing very well that the TRRC will be part of my legacy in the future,” Barrow said.
The TRRC was established by an act of parliament to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of human rights violations, but to also consider reparations for the victims of abuses, promote reconciliation and promote non-reoccurrence. The Commission’s main task is to establish an impartial historical record of human rights abuses such as killings, disappearances, torture, arbitrary imprisonment, false HIV treatment program, Witchcraft accusation and persecutions against some communities from July 1994 to January 2017.
The Truth Commission earlier today (26th November) headed by its Chairman Dr. Lamin J Sise submitted its reports to President Barrow at the State House in Banjul.
By Landing Ceesay