Gambia’s attorney general and minister of justice Aboubacarr Tambadou said on Thursday that the draft bill on the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has been concluded and shared with the international experts for review.

“The Ministry has now concluded the first review of the draft Truth Reconciliation and Reparation bill. We have also now shared this draft bill with international experts who have acquired experience on the establishment of truth commissions from around the world,” he said at a press conference.

Tambadou said “while the government will seek the views of outsiders on the truth commission process, the TRRC will be designed by the people of The Gambia based on a model that fits the particular social, cultural, political and historical context of The Gambia.”

“The ministry intends to lead a team on a tour of all the administrative regions of the country to engage the people in discussions about the TRRC process,” he added.

According to the minister of justice, the team will start the public engagement tour in early August 2017 so that the finalized draft bill will be tabled before the national assembly in September.

“If the bill is passed into law, the recruitment exercise for positions in the TRRC will commence soon after to ensure that we remain on course to start hearings by the end of the year as planned,” he said.

The TRRC is an initiative of the new government to ensure that crimes committed under Jammeh administration are investigated. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/