SPECIAL COMMITTEES AT THE TRRC
What are TRRC special committees?
Commission is empowered to establish committees as needed to full its mandate. TRRC Committees are responsible for assuring the quality and legitimacy of testimony, investigations, outreach and reporting on various focus areas of the Commission work. While the proposed structure of TRRC Committees may be adapted based on input of incoming Commissioners, the TRRC Act includes the following proposed commission committees.
Learn about the Special Committees
Human Rights Violations
This committee will be at the center of the TRRC’s investigation, statement taking and public hearings. It is responsible for reviewing submitted statements, ensuring the thoroughness and quality of investigations, and selecting victims, witnesses and perpetrators who may be asked to appear before the Commission. The Human Rights Violation Committee will work closely with the Research and Investigation Unit of the TRRC to ensure an accurate historical record of the recent pasted is recorded and preserved.
Gender & Child Sensitive Committee
The inclusion, safety and wellbeing of all victim groups is a paramount concern at the TRRC. The Child Protection and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Committee is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of support and protection are available to victims, especially victims facing a high risk of revictimization, stigma or shaming.
Strong evidence indicates that gender-based violence was a central characteristic of the Jammeh regime. The TRRC has a responsibility to ensure these stories are investigated, heard and acknowledged while taking every precaution to ensure survivors do not risk re-victimization.
In some cases, children may wish to give statements to the TRRC. This may be possible where adequate child protection mechanisms and a reliable support network are available. When it is not possible to ensure a safe environment for children, alternative approaches to child engagement in truth-seeking can be explored to ensure Gambian children enjoy the right to participate without being exposed to undue risk.
The National Healing and Reconciliation Committee aims to engage and involve Gambians in a national discourse on what happened in our past and on ensuring that it never happens again.
Through its ongoing engagements and initiatives, the Committee will promote national reconciliation, unity and a common overarching national identity. These efforts will foster civic education as a safeguard against the recurrence of dictatorship and gross human rights violations in this country. As provided in the TRRC, the Committee may seek assistance from traditional and religious leaders to help facilitate reconciliation and healing.
This work is closely connected to the ‘Never Again campaign’; an innovation of the TRRC designers that strives to counteract the legacy of authoritarianism through civic engagement and education in Gambia.
Amnesty Recommendation Committee
The TRRC is deeply committed to the right to justice of victims and their loved ones. Nevertheless, The Gambia faces that difficult reality that not all alleged perpetrators can be prosecuted given the long duration and complex realities of the previous regime. In light of this, the TRRC Act provides that amnesty can recommended for lesser crimes. The Amnesty Recommendation Committee is responsible for exploring all options to ensure the right to justice is balanced with these complex and difficulty realities. The Committee will work closely with the Research and Investigation Unit and with the best available national and international experts to ensure the rights of victims and of alleged perpetrators are respected.
Note that only the President may issue an amnesty. The Amnesty Committee is responsible for the investigations and victim consultations that may lead to a recommendation of amnesty. Amnesty cannot be recommended for serious crimes or for violations amounting to crimes against humanity.