Gambia urged not to compromise neurtrality of truth commission

SRSG Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Photo : UNOWAS

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), has urged Gambian authorities not to compromise the independence of the truth, reconciliation and reparations commission, sources said Thursday.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas who is also Special Representative of Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations made the statement.

A UNOWAS statement said Dr. Chambers made the statement following the launch of the commission in Banjul on 15 October 2018.

The Commission is expected to create the enabling environment for all Gambians, regardless of their political, religious and ethnic affiliations to tell their story relating to the period during which they were subjected to gross human rights violations.

It is a mechanism that should promote healing, social cohesion and tolerance which ultimately will enhance peace and stability in this country, the statement said.

Dr. Chambas welcomed the launch of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission of The Gambia (TRRC) and expressed the hope that the Commission’s influence and work will also contribute to political tolerance and constructive engagement between the main political actors involved in the process of building the foundations of New Gambia.

The Ghanaian diplomat insisted that the Commission must ensure that the truth be known; that the truth be complete; and that the truth be officially proclaimed and publicly exposed.

He pledged that the United Nations within the framework of the sustaining peace agenda will continue to avail assistance to The Gambia with a view to supporting nationally led efforts that would entrench democratic values, improve governance, especially of the security sector and enhance transitional justice and human rights.

© Bur-csa – N.A / A.H – From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)