Executive Secretary: TRRC to recommend prosecution of certain individuals for human rights violations

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Executive Secretary of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Baba Galleh Jallow, said the commission will recommend the prosecution of certain individuals to ensure justice for victims.

“Certainly the role of the TRRC is to, after exploring, identifying all kinds of human rights abuses, to make recommendations to the government, that certain individuals who were more responsible for these human rights violations need to be prosecuted,” he said.

Jallow made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Eye Africa TV on Thursday.

The Gambia’s truth commission is expected to produce a report containing the findings and recommendations when it concludes hearings in July. The document that will be submitted to the president, will guide the justice and reparation process to ensure national healing.

The commission is at an advanced stage of its public hearings on the gross human rights violations, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance of journalists, interference in the justice system among other issues, during Jammeh’s era.

Jallow said the commission is helping victims who need medical assistance and scholarships.

According to him, prosecution of perpetrators and executing institutional reforms will be left to the government.

“As far as prosecutory justice is concerned, taking people to court, that would be left to the government to do and I believe they should do it, and believe that the Gambian people should insist that the recommendations for prosecutions that will come out of the TRRC are implemented by the government,” he emphasized.

The truth commission revealed several human rights violations, including extraordinary killings, enforced disappearance of victims as well as journalists amongst host of violations.

TRRC was established by an act of parliament to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of human right violations, but to also consider reparations for the victims of abuses, promote reconciliation and non-reoccurrence.

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