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Welcome to the TRRC

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission was established by an act of parliament to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of human right violations, but to also consider reparations for the victims of abuses, promote reconciliation and promote non-reoccurrence.

What is the TRRC

The TRRC is an independent Gambian institution With a mandate to conduct research and investigations into human rights violations committed under the presidency of Yahya Jammeh. The Commission further aims to prevent a repetition of the violations and abuses suffered under the past regime by making recommendations to government and citizens aimed at ensuring the crimes of the past never recur in The Gambia.

In pursuit of these aims, the TRRC will facilitate community and national reconciliation, launch civic education efforts on peace and justice, design individual and communal reparations, and shape the scope of future prosecutions and amnesties.  It will promote national reconciliation and healing, by assisting victims and their relatives.

Chairman of the Commission, Dr Lamin Sise, (left) and Executive Secretary of the Commission Dr Baba Galleh Jallow (right).

A Gambian Process

In every context, adopting a truth commission requires a unique approach adapted to the specific challenges and opportunities of that place. The TRRC is firmly grounded in a commitment to establish a Gambian-led process that is unique to our needs and innovates based on the highest standards currently guiding the field of transitional justice around the world.

A TRRC that is adaptive and Gambian-led will move beyond replicating other transitional justice experiences to create new approaches that best respond to the needs, demands, challenges and culture of our own context.

The TRRC is a place for all Gambians to join in uncovering the truth, seeking justice and ensuring grave violations of human rights never happens again in our nation.

The TRRC mandate is laid out in the TRRC Act passed in 2017 by the National Assembly. This mandate asks our commission to research and investigate past human rights violation in order to establish a clear historical record of what happened during the presidency of Yahya Jammeh and to contribute to seeking justice for the victims of his regime. The TRRC mandate extends beyond investigative functions to include the responsibility of designing a national reparation program that will contribute to repairing the harm done to victims of human rights violations.  The TRRC mandate also includes the option of recommending prosecution or amnesty for alleged perpetrators

PURPOSE

The TRRC is established to acknowledge the truth of what happened from 1994 to 2016 during the regime of President Yahya Jammeh, to ensure justice and reparations for the victims affected during this period, to promote national reconciliation and healing, and to ensure that what happened in our country never again happens.

APPROACH

We turn to transitional justice at times when atrocities and suffering are so widespread that the usual legal or community approaches to addressing such crimes cannot handle the magnitude of the pain, social upheaval and injustice inflicted.

INCLUSION

Gambia’s TRRC fosters an inclusive national discourse encompassing all sectors of the Gambian community. Gambians of all genders, ages, faiths, ethnicities and political affiliations are invited and encouraged to participate.

The truth shall set us free

The TRRC is established to acknowledge the truth of what happened from 1994 to 2016 during the regime of President Yahya Jammeh, to ensure justice and reparations for the victims affected during this period, to promote national reconciliation and healing, and to ensure that what happened in our country never again happens.