About Us

ABOUT THE TRRC

WHAT IS THE TRUTH, RECONCILIATION AND REPARATIONS COMMISSION?

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

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. 

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.