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#EndSARS: Unlike Buhari, Gambian President Vows To Act On Report Detailing Torture, Abuses Suffered By Citizens



The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, acquired a three-year report compiled by the Reality, Reconciliation and Reparations Fee (TRRC) which particulars the human rights abuses, torture and killings of residents below a former chief, Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year dictatorship.

Barrow on the State Home in The Gambia made the promise, saying, “My authorities will research the Report rigorously for applicable motion. Thereafter, the Authorities will inform most of the people of its place in a White Paper.”

The Gambian President’s place is in stark distinction with that of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, below whose administration the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry launched the report of #EndSARS victims and killings perpetrated by the Nigerian Military, notably on the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State.

Buhari, whereas receiving america Secretary of State, Antony Blinkens, had mentioned his authorities would see what motion to take after the states involved had acted on the studies by the panels.

This got here days earlier than his Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, launched an arsenal of assaults and determined blackmail towards the #EndSARS panel report, saying the victims have been fictitious and the report was filled with “recycled lies.”

In distinction, in The Gambia, the fee to research human rights abuses within the nation wrapped up a sweeping three-year public inquiry into former president Jammeh’s dictatorship and was counseled by the president at a public occasion on Thursday.

The Reality, Reconciliation and Reparations Fee (TRRC) delivered its report back to President Barrow 9 days earlier than an election by which the exiled Jammeh urged his supporters to vote for an opposition coalition.

Almost 400 witnesses testified earlier than the TRRC, together with each victims and perpetrators.


“To forgive and neglect with impunity the violations and abuses wouldn’t solely undermine reconciliation however would additionally represent an enormous and egregious cover-up of the crimes dedicated,” the fee mentioned in an announcement.

In line with Reuters, in all, 240-250 individuals died by the hands of the state or its brokers, the fee mentioned. It advisable that the “individuals who bear the best duty for abuses” be prosecuted however didn’t identify anybody.

Barrow or his successor has six months to determine how to reply to the report, which was not made public.

In his speech obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday, the Gambian President mentioned, “Many African nations have established Reality Commissions, in a single type or one other, to supply a platform for victims of human rights abuses to relay their tales, maintain perpetrators accountable and decide reparation packages, the place vital.

“The Gacaca Courts of Rwanda is an instance. Regardless of the genocide, the individuals have reconciled their variations, and at the moment are working collectively to develop their nation.

“Right here in The Gambia, the Fee was mandated to resolve human rights abuses, uncover the reality to ensure a transparent historic report of what transpired in our beloved nation and submit suggestions on reparations for deserving victims.

“By way of the TRRC, Gambians now know what occurred on Gambian soil up to now. Though we now have determined as a rustic to unearth the reality, our want is to create a path for therapeutic and reconciliation, with the aim of co-existing peacefully as Gambians.

“I’m sure that, if we select to take action, we are able to reside collectively in peace and concord, with none type of injustice, and nurture our younger democracy in a steady nation the place the rule of legislation prevails in one of the best curiosity of all.  

“Distinguished Girls and Gents, below the management of the Chairman, Dr. Lamin Ceesay, I commend all of the Commissioners, the Authorized group, the Secretariat and the entire TRRC group for operating the Fee’s affairs throughout its months of labor. I thanks all for finishing up this nationwide activity efficiently.

“In a particular approach, I thank the witnesses and their households for his or her fortitude and brave testimonies. I guarantee them that my authorities will be sure that justice is finished, however I urge them to be affected person and permit the authorized course of to take its course. That approach, justice will prevail, and we can heal as a rustic and transfer ahead united and stronger, with better dedication.”

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