Rising, a Pan-African movement of people and organisations, working for
justice, peace and dignity recently met the National Assembly select committee
on health, women and children at the National Assembly.
The pan-African movement is also determined to foster solidarity and unity within the African continent and to build a future we want, the right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity. It also amplifies broad demands connecting struggles, building solidarity and cooperation within and amongst campaigns for social economic, environment and gender justice.
Babucarr Jah, a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the dialogue was not only meant to share personal role in the fight against human trafficking, but also accord them an opportunity to discuss means of coming up with concrete actions to tackle human trafficking and scrutinise the current wave of anti-trafficking legislation that will protect trafficked victims and prosecute traffickers.
Jah indicated that the Ministry is fully aware of the scale of migrants returning home, especially from Libya, which includes trafficked victims.
He noted that currently due to security reasons there is no established diplomatic mission of The Gambia in Libya.
He, however, assured of his Ministry’s resolve to work closely with The Gambian association and the International Organisation for Migrants (IOM) to facilitate the safe and dignified return of identified migrants, who are allegedly subjected to slavery and other inhumane treatment.
The government of The Gambia, he said, through its National Agency against Trafficking in Persons (NAATIP) has taken bold steps to investigate some reported cases of human trafficking crimes especially in Lebanon and Nigeria.
For his part, Ebrima Mballow, Minister of Interior said that government has moved forward by ratifying series of international conventions, protocols and other human rights laws including the Geneva Convention of 1951 leading to the domesticated refugee act 2008 of The Gambia to observe similar fundamental legal regulations.
Amie Jobe, a survivor of human trafficking said she was trafficked in 2014 with a Nigerian woman by one security personnel, but came back in 2015.
Amina Jallow, another returnee also narrated harrowing stories about her journey.