The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has issued a press release postponing the submission of their final report from today 30th September 2021 to an unspecified date.
This is the second time that the Commission has postponed the submission of its report. The first postponement changed the submission of the report to the President from the end of July to the end of September 2021.
The report was scheduled for submission to the President today which will not happen and it’s not clear when exactly the report will be submitted, however, the press release indicates that the report should be submitted shortly.
Here is the press release from the TRRC.
The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) had planned to submit today, 30th September 2021 its Final Report to the President of the Republic of The Gambia as required under the provisions of Section 29 of the TRRC Act, 2017. Work on the sixteen volumes comprising the Final Report has been completed, except for four volumes. It is the expectation of the Commission that works on these remaining volumes should be finished shortly. The Commission accordingly informed the Government, through the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, that it will continue the finalisation work and submit the full report when it is completed.
Without proposing yet another date for submission, the Commission assures that this final phase of its work will not be prolonged. The Attorney General and the Minister of Justice agreed to the proposal on behalf of the Government and reassured the Commission that the Government will continue to provide the funds required for the completion of the work of the TRRC.
Editors Note: The TRRC is an independent body mandated to investigate the human rights violations of the previous government of President Yahya Jammeh by the Gambia’s National Assembly. On the TRRC website, it states that “the Commission further aims to prevent the 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.”