Gambia’s Justice Minister, Aboubacarr Ba Tambadou said the country’s truth commission is not a witch-hunt and warned against falsely accusing people.
Tambadou is consulting citizens and sensitizing the population on the purpose of the Commission, which will investigate allegations of human rights violations by ex-President Jammeh.
According to Tambadou, a former UN prosecutor, falsely accusing people will defeat the purpose of getting the truth and ensuring justice.
Victims and their families are demanding swift justice and shunned the idea of immunity for anyone that may have committed human rights abuses.
They have warned that the crown jewel of the truth commission should be to ensure justice is served by having those found wanting to be prosecuted.
Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, tortures, killings, and attacks on freedom of expression and a climate of impunity were trademarks of Jammeh’s regime.
The Gambia entered a new era of democracy and President Adama Barrow continues to reiterate his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country.
So far, Barrow has reversed some of Jammeh’s repressive policies and promised kept Gambia in the International Criminal Court, rejoined the Commonwealth, and freed political prisoners.