NYC, TRRC concludes Transitional Justice Youth Summit

Thursday, October 18, 2018

National Youth Council in partnership with Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, Ministry of Justice, the UN Transitional justice project unit and the International Center for Transitional Justice have concluded a transitional justice youth summit held at Atlantic hotel in Banjul.

Nessie Golaka Gould, UNDP deputy resident representative said the gathering reaffirms TRRC and government commitment to promote dialogue and inclusion of Gambian youth in the rebuilding process of a new society order that is deeply embedded in the democratic laws.

She declare that the gathering also reaffirms the continued commitment of UNDP and UN and their partners in supporting the successful implementation of Gambia’s transitional justice process.

According to her, the main objective to engage young people early in the transitional justice process to ensure that they are active stakeholders in shaping each and every stage of the TRRC work. 

Youth and sports Minister Hadrammeh Sidibeh said TRRC was created at the right time and urged all to make good use of it.

He assured his ministry and the entire youth fraternity support to the transitional justice process, explaining that they are in a right place as his ministry’s doors are open for them.

He called on young people to continue taking their rightful positions in the development initiatives in the country and encouraged them to support all the stages.

Joanna Rice said youth present at the training were selected from hundreds of Africans based on the passion and commitment they have shown and their roles in community leadership.

She explained that the reason for the training is because youth have the right to be heard and also the right to participate in democracy. “The success of democracy would depend on your commitment to it. I cannot express how impressed I am with your careful understanding of the world you live in. The challenges you face and your commitment to making the very best of the opportunity that is before you”

Author: Awa Ndiaye