Barrow promises truth commission over Jammeh abuses

Barrow promises truth commission over Jammeh abuses

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has pledged to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate crimes against the state and human rights abuses.

Human rights campaigners want former President Yahya Jammeh’s and his administration to be held liable for tortures, enforced detentions, and extrajudicial executions of activists, political opponents, and journalists.

Jammeh’s and his officials are accused of abusing power, corruption, and shady dealings.

Since losing the elections, Jammeh, who first seized power in a 1994 coup, has been holed up this week in his official residence in Banjul, increasingly isolated as he was abandoned by his security forces and several cabinet members.

Jammeh’s refusal to leave sparked a minor refugee crisis on the border with Senegal. At least 45,000 Gambians fled the small nation fearing violence.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is in Senegal’s capital pending an all clear to return to Banjul to take power.

Security chiefs have urged citizens to return home after Jammeh accepted to stand down.

The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, pledged to remove Jammeh by force if he did not step down. The group assembled a multinational military force including tanks that rolled into Gambia on Thursday.

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