The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, obtained a three-year report compiled by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which particulars the human rights abuses, torture and killings of residents below a former chief, Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year dictatorship.
Barrow on the State House in The Gambia made the promise, saying, “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.”
The Gambian President’s place is in stark distinction with that of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, below whose administration the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry launched the report of #EndSARS victims and killings perpetrated by the Nigerian Army, notably on the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State.
Buhari, whereas receiving the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinkens, had mentioned his authorities would see what motion to take after the states involved had acted on the experiences by the panels.
This got here days earlier than his Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, launched an arsenal of assaults and determined blackmail in opposition to the #EndSARS panel report, saying the victims had been fictitious and the report was stuffed with “recycled lies.”
In distinction, in The Gambia, the fee to research human rights abuses within the nation wrapped up a sweeping three-year public inquiry into former president Jammeh’s dictatorship and was counseled by the president at a public occasion on Thursday.
The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) delivered its report back to President Barrow 9 days earlier than an election by which the exiled Jammeh urged his supporters to vote for an opposition coalition.
Nearly 400 witnesses testified earlier than the TRRC, together with each victims and perpetrators.
“To forgive and forget with impunity the violations and abuses would not only undermine reconciliation but would also constitute a massive and egregious cover-up of the crimes committed,” the fee mentioned in an announcement.
According to Reuters, in all, 240-250 individuals died by the hands of the state or its brokers, the fee mentioned. It beneficial that the “persons who bear the greatest responsibility for abuses” be prosecuted however didn’t title anybody.
Barrow or his successor has six months to determine how to answer the report, which was not made public.
In his speech obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday, the Gambian President mentioned, “Many African countries have established Truth Commissions, in one form or another, to provide a platform for victims of human rights abuses to relay their stories, hold perpetrators accountable and determine reparation packages, where necessary.
“The Gacaca Courts of Rwanda is an example. Despite the genocide, the people have reconciled their differences, and are now working together to develop their country.
“Here in The Gambia, the Commission was mandated to get to the bottom of human rights abuses, uncover the truth to guarantee a clear historical record of what transpired in our beloved country and submit recommendations on reparations for deserving victims.
“Through the TRRC, Gambians now know what happened on Gambian soil in the past. Although we have decided as a country to unearth the truth, our desire is to create a path for healing and reconciliation, with the goal of co-existing peacefully as Gambians.
“I am certain that, if we choose to do so, we can live together in peace and harmony, without any form of injustice, and nurture our young democracy in a stable nation where the rule of law prevails in the best interest of all.
“Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, under the leadership of the Chairman, Dr. Lamin Ceesay, I commend all the Commissioners, the Legal team, the Secretariat and the whole TRRC team for running the Commission’s affairs during its months of work. I thank you all for carrying out this national task successfully.
“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 urge them to be patient and allow the legal process to take its course. That way, justice will prevail, and we will be able to heal as a country and move forward united and stronger, with greater determination.”