The United Nations has called on the Gambia Government to ensure impartiality and transparency of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission.
Speaking to journalists shortly after meeting the president at State House Tuesday, the UN assistant secretary general for peace-building support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco said The Gambia should ensure that what happened in the country in the past 22 years never happens again.
“This would equally require independence and impartiality of the just launched TRRC so that it would help Gambians to reconcile themselves in order to have the foundations of peace, development and respects of human rights. This will also require the continuation of the very participatory process that has led us to this point,” he exhorted.
The UN, he added, is particularly happy to see that their “good friend and colleague” Dr Lamin J Sise heading the TRRC.
“The UN is also very committed to see the empowering of women, young people and ensuring that civil society organisations have an active voice to help the reform processes,” he stressed.
The chairman of the UN Peace-building Commission, Ion Jinga, said it was a unique opportunity for them to attend the launch of the TRRC, saying the UN firmly believes that The Gambia and the Gambian people deserved the best.
via the Standard