U.N. logo pattern a press conference background at the United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN calls for truth and reconciliation commission

The United Nations said Monday it will support a truth and reconciliation committee in The Gambia, after its longtime ruler accused of killings, torture, maiming and enforced disappearances was ousted in elections.

The UN said to establish a truth and reconciliation commission will help heal the wounds of President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year tyrannical rule and unite the country.

The UN Special Envoy for West Africa and the Sahel Mohammed Ibn Chambas expressed hope that it will provide justice to the victims of the regime.

Ahead of last week elections in Banjul, Chambas, who met with development partners and civil society leader, also congratulate Gambians for the peaceful elections.

Ibn Chambas had visited Banjul over the crisis where he was told by the West African nation’s Attorney General and Justice Minister Mama Fatima Singhateh that protesters assembled unlawfully, and argued that the security forces tried to manage the situation and used force permissible by law after two opposition detainees died.

The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has refused to open an investigation into the deaths, saying UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Amnesty International “can go to hell” for demanding one. The Jammeh Administration has declined to respond to requests from the UN rights commission for a fact-finding mission.

International rights group Human Rights Watch said Gambian authorities are using violence to silence critics of President Jammeh ahead of the polls.

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