TRRC hearings begins today

Monday, January 07, 2019

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) will today 7 January 2019 start its first public hearing at its Secretariat, Dunes Resorts.

This decision was finalized at a meeting of the commissioners and senior staff of the Commission on 5 December 2018.

The TRRC was set up last October, comprising eleven commissioners with the mandate of investigating the alleged killing, torture, disappearances and other human rights abuses that occurred during the former regime.

The first hearings today will focus on the 22 July, 1994 coup and circumstances surrounding it before moving to 1995 and look at among other events, the case of former Finance Minister Ousman Koro Ceesay.

 The commission has no mandate to grant amnesty but could make recommendations of such person and persons to be granted upon application after certain conditions.

The committee set up include the Human Rights Violations Committee, Amnesty Committee, Reparations Committee, Child Protection and Sexual and Gender-based Violence Committee, and Reconciliation Committee. All but one of these committees has five commissioners on it; one has six members.

Meanwhile, the TRRC is calling on all victims of Human Rights Violations during 1994 to come to the TRRC Headquarters at Dunes Resort, Kololi and record their statements. If they are unable to come to the TRRC Headquarters, they may call 9348929 or 2949170 and arrangements will be made to take their statements.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara