Young people in NBR, CRR involve in transition Justice process

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Young people in the North Bank and Central River Regions were over the weekend involved in the transitional Justice process to complement the government on the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission.

UNICEF, in partnership with the National Youth Council, Ministry of Education, Gambia Centre for Victim of Human Rights Violation and Child Protection Alliance are embarking on a nationwide tour to sensitise children and youth on their fundamental rights and role in  transitional justice under the theme “Amplifying the voices of children and youth for the future of The Gambia”. 

Abdoulie Faye, a representative from Child Protection Alliance, said that it was the right of children to access their basic needs like free education, affordable healthcare and be protected from human rights violations.

He added that it was the responsibility of the government to protect the rights and welfare of children, adding that anything that would undermine the rights of children should stop like corporal punishment.

The government, security and civil society have a role to play in the development and protection of young people, he said.

Sheriff Kijera from the centre of victim, in his statement, said the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violation was set up in May 2017 to advocate for Justice, reparation and closure for the victim of torture, unlawful arrest and killing during the 22 years of Jammeh rule.

He also urged young people who are direct and indirect victims to register with the centre as they are part of the TRRC technical commission.

The TRRC is a critical part of peace-building, reconciliation and Youth Network is essential for the sustainability of the transitional justice programme, consolidation of democracy in The Gambia and the development of informed and well committed young people.

1100 young people from 14 to 18 years are to be engaged nationally.

Various activities were conducted for them to have a greater understating about transitional justice in the new born democracy of The Gambia. 

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez