Dictatorship Never Again, says TRRC Boss

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By NenehGalleh Barry
Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, the Executive Secretary of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) has revealed that his office has engaged citizens and communities towards making the commission’s mission of dictatorship in Gambia “Never Again” a success.
Dr. Jallow made the remarks yesterday during the 15th policy dialogue on Civil Society Engagement with the TRRC jointly organized by the Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) and TRRC at TANGO’s Hall in Fajara. According to him, his commission will be partnering with TANGO and engage civil society groups and the entire community through dialogue and discussions on how best to prevent the reoccurrence of dictatorship in the country, disclosing that the process requires an all-inclusive participation of the entire populace in holding government accountable.
Speaking at the opening of the program, Mr. Madi Jobarteh, Program Manager at TANGO says when injustice occurs and there is no process to enable the society to address past injustices and grievances, the tendency for such situation to arise in future is high as such the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) is meant to push the transitional justice agenda. He points out that as members of civil society, they have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that justice is not only done, but also the restoration and rehabilitation of rights of victims of human right violations to be served with justice.
Mr Ousman Yabo, the Executive Director of TANGO disclosed that the event marked the 15th policy dialogue organized by TANGO, with the view of holding dialogue, opinion sharing and obtaining the views of the people which he said is paramount to the success of TRRC. While acknowledging the instrumental roles of CSOs towards the success of the TRRC, he tasked the TRRC to do its utmost in ensuring that its activities are transparent, without which he said the objective of the commission would prove fruitless.
During the dialogue, participants made recommendations such as to advocate for the Gambia government to take leadership and responsibility to allocate necessary resources to the TRRC despite external support. To promote inclusiveness and popular engagement in order to ensure that all stakeholders are involved in the transitional justice process and in particular in the work of the TRRC. To raise the awareness of the general public to better understand the nature, scope and objectives of transitional justice in order to obtain active popular participation, among others.

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