Institute for the Advancement of Children’s Rights (IACR) shows solidarity with
the victims of the unfortunate and deplorable April 10 and 11 affront by state
law enforcement agents on unarmed and peaceful student protesters.
The said incident claimed the lives of 14 students and has left many more with severe physical and psychological disabilities. It is equally disturbing that there has been no concrete step by the Government of the Gambia to investigate and punish the perpetrators on the one hand and providing appropriate redress and compensation for the victims on the other
Whilst we await, with concern, the operationalisation of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) and its potential to provide a useful platform to ensure justice for the victims, IACR encourages victims to make recourse to the High Court of the Gambia which has the mandate to provide redress for victims of human rights violations, as a viable alternative/supplement to the TRRC. Indeed, a TRRC is not a substitute to the mainstream judicial process.
The Institute for the Advancement of Children’s Rights (IACR) was established in December 2013 by Gambian Lawyer Malick H.B. Jallow Esq. The IACR is a non-governmental, non-profit, impartial and non-partisan organization with a mandate to promote and protect the rights of children in Gambia through the provision of legal support and assistance to indigent children in conflict with the law.
The institute also seeks to help build a preventive strategy to address the root-causes to why such children get into conflict with the law. To that end, the institute aims to improve the effectiveness and implementation of domestic, African and international human rights instruments on rights of children, including the children’s act of Gambia 2005, the African charter on the rights and welfare of the child and the Convention on the rights of the child
Signed: Barrister Malick H.B Jallow Esq.