Nov 27, 2020, 10:19 AM
Malick Jallow Foundation for Children (MJFC) formerly known as the Institute for the Advancement of Children’s Rights (IACR) has joined civil society and the rest of the world in marking the Universal Children’s Day.
The victims’ community in The Gambia and abroad stand with the family of the late Ousman Koro Ceesay and all those who sought justice for Koro to applaud the guilty verdict delivered by the High Court of The Gambia on 14th July 2021 against Yankuba Touray, former AFPRC junta member who was charged with the murder of Koro Ceesay. After 26 years, finally, justice is theirs for the cold-blooded murder of the “…man of discipline, integrity, and service, with a fantastic sense of humour and love for his family…” who they so dearly loved in return.
As victims of the Jammeh regime, we understand the pain of waiting for over two and a half decades for this day and the trauma of having to relive again and again, one of the worst days of your lives hearing testimonies about Koro’s murder during the TRRC hearings and the court trial. We therefore hope that this verdict will help the entire family begin the long journey towards healing.
This verdict is a significant and momentous milestone, not only in the quest for justice for the Ceesay family, but for the entire transitional justice process in The Gambia after decades of Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorial rule especially at this time when the TRRC is expected to submit its final report and recommendations at the end of this month. It is also a verdict that has renewed our hope and confidence in the judiciary and reinforces our commitment and vigor in the pursuit of accountability for all human rights violations committed by Yahya Jammeh and his cohorts.
To all the other perpetrators we say - no country is too far and no time is too long. Justice WILL be ours.
Signed on behalf of the victims’ community
The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, (Victims Center)
The Solo Sandeng Foundation (SSF)
The African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED)
Women Associate for Victim Empowerment (WAVE)
The government of The Gambia with funding from the World Bank has developed a social registry as part of its move towards an integrated social protection system in the country.