Gambia Bar Association’s (GBA) president, Rachel Y. Mendy, has declared that
the association is opposed to the recent action taken to resuscitate the
establishment of a youth movement.
The Gambia Bar Association president made this declaration in her speech during the official opening of 2019 legal Year ceremony, whilst expressing dissatisfaction about the establishment of a youth movement based on a personal agenda.
She emphasised that such an action to resuscitate the establishment of a youth movement can only result in the perpetuation of disunity among the youth whom she said should now be encouraged to work in harmony in credible social activities.
She pointed out that as an instrument within the judicial system, The Gambia Bar Association will step up its contribution towards the country’s growth and development that will engender peace and national unity.
She disclosed that the Bar Association as an institution in its inalienable rights would occasionally make public statements about current legal issues of public concern, adding that it is time for reconciliation and healing in the nation.
She queried that is it not an affront that an edifice that was built from the labour of the farming community was taken over and converted by the NIA into a torture chamber, flanked by Ministry of Justice and the Courts of Justice whose very purpose was to defend the law and the rights of the individual enshrined in the Constitution.
“Now that we all know the atrocities and evil that were perpetrated within that complex, we have a charge to take swift action to begin, at once, to restore the dignity of our nation, even before getting into the issues of reparation of victims and vetting of perpetrators some of whom are still within the service of the Government.
Even now while the victims are testifying before the TRRC, substantial evidence in regard to the atrocities committed within the NIA is being obliterated while the government watches silently. Silence we all know means consent.”
She revealed that it is the Bar Association’s resolve to ask the Excellency the President that that very edifice of inquiry is handed over to the judiciary now, for the purpose of transforming it into a veritable place and home of justice.
She pointed out that in such action would be the foundation of building genuine and lasting peace by delivering services to all citizens and to signal the break with the abusive past.
She further pointed out that the paramount quest of the Bar Association has been, and will always be, for the Constitution and its provisions in regard to the rights and freedom of the citizen to be upheld and be regarded by all authority as sacrosanct; for the rule of law to be observed by all, and the independence of the Judiciary respected.