EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Nomination process for appointment of Commissioners to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) that was established by Gambia’s new government has commenced.
A release from the Commission’s secretariat stated that nominations of candidates in the greater Banjul area and the diaspora have already been received. “The parallel process for the regional nominations has now commenced and should be completed by the end of this week.”
It stated that nominations from the greater Banjul area, the diaspora and the regions will be compiled and the Ministry of Justice will review the full list and identify the 11 commissioners based on established criteria under the TRRC Act.
The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRC) Act was adopted by the National Assembly on 13 December 2017, and assented to by the President on 13 January 2018.
The Commission Act provides for the establishment of the 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 reparation of victims.
According to the release, the shortlisted 11 commissioners together with the long list of nominees will be submitted to the transitional justice Technical Committee for their review and comments. “The TC includes members of civil society; government representatives, some representatives of the diplomatic community under the chair of the MOJ.”
As a direct result of 22 years of authoritarian rule, human rights violations were widespread. In most cases, there was no effective investigation and perpetrators have not been brought to justice in The Gambia.
The final list of 11 commissioners shall be published in the media through newspapers and radio announcements inviting the public to submit objections on the eligibility of any of the candidates as per the TRRC Act.
President Adama Barrow will then appoint the 11 commissioners in consultation with the list of organizations identified under the TRRC Act. “Our objective is to have the Commission start its first sitting in August. Meanwhile, we have been engaged in a series of activities such as the provision of training for media practitioners on truth commission reporting.”