🇬🇲 Will Gambia’s truth commission bring Jammeh to justice? | The Stream

A Gambian truth and reconciliation commission began its first hearing this month to look into alleged human rights abuses that occurred during the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh.

Between 1994 and 2016, Jammeh allegedly oversaw gross human rights violations including witch hunts, torture, enforced disappearances, and sexual violence. Many atrocities are said to have been committed by his own paramilitary hit squad. Jammeh was known as an eccentric leader who also subjected Gambians to fraudulent treatments for HIV/AIDS.

Hearings for the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) will feature testimony from victims, witnesses and alleged perpetrators. The commission will decide compensation for victims and recommend cases for further prosecution.

This month marks two years since Jammeh fled from The Gambia after refusing to concede defeat in a 2016 presidential election. He has been living in exile in Equatorial Guinea, where he is being protected from extradition. Since his departure, some aspects of Gambian civil society, including the return of a free press, have improved. But the country is still struggling economically and many young people are considering leaving.

In this episode, we’ll discuss what a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission could achieve in The Gambia and how the country has changed under new leadership.

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  1. But the Gambians on the ground are very greateful to the New Gambia a.k.a Adi Barrow and the Crew😁✌✌

  2. Jailed without trial is more in the present regime than the Jammeh . The on going government has victimized more than four families in the Gambia .
    If the victims of Jammeh’s regime is compensated then they should consider the victim of their own acts .
    Haruna Jatta and the Faraba incident .The nine NIA and the WhatsApp group are jailed four two years without a sentence .
    Are we seriously looking for the truth or sellective justice .

  3. *This is just so pathetic. This just goes to show how Jammeh manipulated and preyed on the minds of (innocent/uninnocent) Gambian citizens. Instead of working together as a country and try to perfectly execute a better government, a lot of people are still here crying over the loss of a dictator. This makes it seem like all Gambian’s are weak minded, and I can guarantee you all that majority of us aren’t all like that. We are crumbling as a nation and dividing as union, which is so sad. As of 2018, The Gambia took the 9th position for being 1 of the top 10 poorest countries in the world. The Gambia needs to strive for upward mobility, but some people make it seem like downward mobility will forever be The Gambia’s destiny. I use to think that all African leaders were corrupt, until it hit me about a few days ago. I realized that a lot of us citizens are responsible for the 60% cause of corruption in our own nations… because “WE” tend to re-elect these so called "leaders" over and over again. “WE” always give into their sweet words until the leaders **-feel like-** know that they unbreakable/unstoppable. This why African leaders get so violent whenever a new person rises up to challenge their authority. I’m not trying to sound so redundant, but we give them the door way to dictatorship if your think about it. Change doesn’t happen overnight; it takes a long time for change to occur. I believe that with the right attitude, we’ll see that change.*

  4. The TRRC or whatever it is called is the biggest joke of Gambia’s history.. you the media, you the agents of Satan who are bent on imposing your will on our people are not reporting the facts or the issues. Already the TRRC is flawed with fabrications and lies but you didn’t make that the headline rather you chose to divert our attentions to Jammeh. Jammeh is far more honorable than those chairing that TRRC and all of its witnesses. Have you heard the saying “Who jah blessed no man can curse” well that’s Yahya jammeh. The man is gifted and his opponents are all liars, opportunist and jealous people. It is very clear to us that all they wanted was to live Jammeh’s lifestyle but they were not fighting Jammeh for the common good. These idiots that you are interviewing here were all at one point working with Jammeh therefore they are as guilty as Jammeh if there’s any crime at all. Jammeh defended the constitution to the last minute. Weee Jammeh. Gambia is crying to have Jammeh back. Very hard working president. A no nonsense man. Long live Yahya Jammeh.

  5. Jammeh is the only one who can control Gambia done but this new boy who is always sleeping in o out

  6. That’s true Adama Barrow is just a big disappointment to Gambian he is following the same footsteps of Jammeh, he is pretending to be someone that he’s not even close to. He brings tribalism to the Gambia, corruption, lack of transparency and sending false information to the world

  7. Jammeh is better than the current goverment. They are very stupid idiot politicians who are hungry for money i dont have anythıng

  8. Al jazeera are big hypocrites, they only targets African leaders. We know the kind of news media they are. Jammeh never allows them to enter the Gambia🇬🇲 to cover anything because he knows what they are capable of. They are trying to build attention to the world against jammeh but am a Gambian and right now jammeh is far better than this current Government. The only country where the present president of the country and vice president campaigns for elections with is not yet due and throwing words against each others with different political parties in a civilised way. But the Government is for the people and by the people we have seeing the right man for us Gambians papa #halifasallah

  9. The TRRC is a joke. Aljazeera agents of Satan. Ask these journalists why did the TRRC hired people who attacked Gambia with arms on December 30, 2014? Ask this commission why are people who were part of the 1994 coup that brought Yahya Jammeh to power being reinstated into government and made witnesses of TRRC… conflict of interest- unless the truth is told the problems would keep compounding. Lies won’t take us anywhere as a nation.

  10. Of course the TRRC would be in Jammeh’s advantage because it is becoming clear as the witnesses are surfacing that all their testimonies are fabrications which are far from the truth. Conflict of interest. Now what we have in Gambia is a lazy president, gun smugglers, arm robbery in day light, break and entry’s into homes, lying officials and abuse of the poor. The TRRC will bring the liars to justice because Gambians will protect Jammeh with our lives. When you push us to the wall we would start pushing back.

  11. Why are we Gambians still digging the past?? Gambia should just let the past and focus on how to build a better Gambia. Past has past, nothing can change it and besides that, Gambia is far behind in team of development. Gambia government please help Gambia go forward.

  12. We need a leader who care about his people and the all entire nation at heart…not personal ego…

  13. Plz guys don’t waste your time ,this is all rubbish total rubbish,just look even the way attorney General express himself,is just total rubbish ,let them bring lawful evidences .jammeh is man ,who never compromise with rule of law

  14. These TRRC has nothing to do with this current Government. The peoples who lost their lives an victim’s families has to be given d truth an reconciliation.

  15. Gambia’s Bad seeds like jammeh&the other Sheeps in wolf clothes in the dispora are the peoples making all this Bla-Bla-Bla’s again and again

  16. Gambia government they don’t know nothing just talking and sales they people all about money barrow government omg may God help us …..

  17. I feel so sorry for the victims, but l don’t think anything will come out of this TRRC because most of the people who comited this crimes are still work in the government, and moving around freely. One of them his still the chiarman of Ecowas his still holding a very important position. I just don’t understand why this new government is playing with people’s lives. 😐🙈

  18. Let bush an toni Blair go for justic first because they have kill million of people in Syria Africans are no longer fuls jammeh is not going for any justice

  19. Hallo to all my fellow citizens we really need to focus on new refomation of our instutions and governmental reforms for the benefit of our people..And choice leadership who got the ablity to govern for the intrest of all Gambians with fair and balance..

  20. Hey people on this comment section..let’s us be honest Jammeh is a criminal and a murderer for that note he have to be bring to the justisty. You people are in for him you were beneficiary to Jammeh regime that’s you talked like kids or illiterate..fuck Jammeh and all his fellowers

  21. I said from day one that this commission will serve no purpose other than to divert focus from more pressing and immediate issues.

    We all know what happened under Jammeh and already signs of the psycophancy that led to that are beginning to emerge in this government as evidenced by the increasing influence of the president’s youth movement among other things.

    Jammeh was a dictator but this idea of him as a cannibal and gambians being traumatised is oversensationalised because that never has been the case and that nullifies the very existence of this commission.

  22. The US is a warmongering lawless rogue state. Trump is a low life pathological liar and a little Adolf Hitler while Pence from the fascist Christian Right is a little Joseph Goebbels. Read Chris Hedges book, America the farewell tour and check out his, Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs videos on YouTube. Also read ‘How Fascism Works’ by Jason Stanley.

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