EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Friday reviewed its public hearings, one year after it commenced operations into the investigation of human rights violations during the tenure of Gambia’s exiled former president Yahya Jammeh.
At a press conference at it Dunes headquarters, the Commission also outlined its next target areas of hearing when it resume sittings this January.
President Adama Barrow established the truth-seeking commission in July 2017 with the mandate to investigate and probed into alleged human right violations committed by former regime under ex-President Yahya Jammeh.
Despite the challenges it faced in its one year of operation, the Commission have registered remarkable successes in both its public hearings and outreach activities.
Executive Secretary, Dr, Baba Jallow said over one hundred witnesses had appeared before the commission, including 51 women, 35 perpetrators, alleged perpetrator and adversely mentioned persons and 23 diaspora Gambians who testified via video link.
He said the Commission held ten sessions of public hearings which covered important themes on its work, including circumstances surrounding the July 22, 1994 military coup and its aftermath, the November 11, 1994 incident and the January 1995 arrest and detention of former AFPRC members Sanna Sabally and Sadibou Hydara.
Dr Jallow also highlighted the Commission’s next phase of hearing, while encouraging women to present their cases to the TRRC, saying only 29 percent of women have testified before the Commission.
On Friday, the Commission (TRRC) announced that it has promoted Abdou A. Manneh to the position of Director of Research and Investigations, following the resignation of the erstwhile holder of the position, Alagie Saidy-Barrow.
Mr. Manneh, a police superintendent was the truth-seeking commission’s deputy director of investigation. He has been on secondment to the TRRC since his appointment as an investigator under the Research and Investigations Unit in September 2018.
Dr Jallow said evidences from witness testimonies since January 2017 showed that there were widespread human right violations in The Gambia, under the Jammeh regime.
He said the extent of human rights violations that occurred in the country defy comprehension, and have cemented in Gambians to never again allow their rights and dignities to be trampled on by the state, noting that the Commission’s never again campaign has registered noticeable impact on the country’s national consciousness and modesty.
Story written by Amadou Kanteh