Victims’ Center recommends banning of APRC until end of TRRC investigations

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia Center for Victims of Human Right Violations have recommended to the government impose a ban on former President Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party until the final conclusion of the truth-seeking commission, TRRC.

During a press conference on Monday, the center expressed dissatisfaction over the issuance of permit to the party to demonstrate for the return of former exiled President and for the AU, UN, and Ecowas to respect the agreement they had with him in 2017.

Aisha Jammeh, daughter of Mr Jammeh’s closest brothers who was alleged to have been killed under his orders for criticizing him called on the government to impose a ban on the Gambia’s former ruling party until such a time that the on-going TRRC sittings are concluded.

She urged the government to ensure that the center’s recommendation implemented to enhance a smooth transitional Justice process for the country to reconcile and unite as a people and as a nation.

Adama Jallow, National Coordinator of the center said they have been working to ensure that victims are made a priority in the Transitional Justice process, and their rights are protected.

Mr Jallow said the protest of the APRC was not just to mock the victims of the Jammeh regime but all Gambians and non-Gambians alike.

“It was highly inconsiderate and insensitive to the suffering that victims went through in the Jammeh rule. By giving the APRC a permit to demand the return of Jammeh, they have been allowed to undermine all the transitional justice process in The Gambia,” he said.

The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations -The Victims’ Center- was formally launched in April 2017 following broad consultations with concerned citizens and friends of The Gambia, Gambia Government officials and civic society organizations.

It is was registered as a non-profit organization registered under the Companies Act 2013, Company to provide support to the victims in terms of psychological and medical treatment and educational support to the victims’ children and channels their grievances for onward advocacy, engagement and possible redress in collaboration with both governmental and non-governmental bodies, UN Agencies and donors engaged in the fight against impunity and for truth, justice and accountability.

Story written by Binta Badjie 

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