The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabian Salvioli, will carry out an official visit to The Gambia from 20 to 27 November 2019.
The UN expert will exam
ine the progress made in redressing the legacies of massive past violations and abuses committed during Yahya Jammeh’s regime (1994-2017).
During Jammeh’s rule, the country was plagued by disregard for the rule of law, infringements of human rights and civil liberties, and the existence of a repressive State apparatus accused of committing gross human rights violations against anyone considered to be critical of or threatening to the regime. Arbitrary detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions were routine.
The new administration has initiated, with support of the international community, a domestic process aimed at redressing past abuses, including through the creation of a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission.
“My visit aims to learn about and evaluate the measures taken by the authorities in The Gambia in the areas of truth, justice, reparation, memory and guarantees of non-repetition – the pillars of my mandate – that have been adopted to address the serious human rights violations committed during the past regime,” Salvioli said. “During the visit, I will seek to have a broad view of the various initiatives taken, identify good practices, gaps and problems, and formulate recommendations in that regard.”
The human rights expert will meet Government officials, representatives of the legislature, members of the judiciary, security forces, the national human rights institution, civil society, victims’ groups, academics and representatives of the international community. He is scheduled to visit Banjul as well as other locations in the country.
The expert will present his preliminary findings and recommendations at a press conference to be held on Wednesday 27 November, at 12h00 local time at the UN House, 5 Kofi Annan Street Cape Point, P.O. Box 553, Banjul. Access to the press conference will be limited to journalists.
The final report on the visit will be presented to the Human Rights Council in September 202o.