The TRRC has announced that its public hearings will resume on June 8, 2020, after consultations with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
The decision to resume hearings was taken at a meeting of Commissioners, Secretariat staff and the Legal Unit on Monday, May 11.
The truth seeking Commission said it will pick up from where it stopped, with witnesses expected to testify on road attacks by Jammeh’s motorcade and conditions at Gambia’s prisons.
Due to the current State of Emergency and Covid-19 rules and regulations, seating arrangements for Commissioners and staff at the hearing hall will be reconfigured to accommodate social distancing and other precautionary measures.
Only a few family members or close relatives of witnesses will be allowed in the hall during the hearing, in addition to essential TRRC support staff including interpreters, sound engineers, psychosocial and medical support workers, security officers and media personnel.
The resumption of public hearings on June 8 is in accordance with the Commission’s schedule and work plan for 2020. It would also mean that the Commission will have lost only two weeks of hearings. In that case, public hearings will be projected to end during the last, rather than the first week of November 2020 as initially planned.
The TRRC suspended public hearings and face to face outreach activities on March 18 following the Gambia’s government’s announcement of an initial three-week suspension of public gatherings in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The end of that initial three-week period coincided with the beginning of the Commission’s Ramadan break.
The TRRC was instituted in 2017 by President Adama Barrow to look in to the alleged human right violation committed more in this video