Human Rights Opinion

Former Lead Counsel Essa Faal talks about Government’s White Paper on the TRRC Recommendations

I take this opportunity to commend the government for taking a correct and courageous decision to rise above politics and accept the recommendations of the Commission.

While I accept that Sanna Sabally does not merit an amnesty, I believe that the government erred in law when it rejected the recommended amnesty for him on wrong legal grounds. However, I support the outcome, but unfortunately it cannot be sustained legally as it is anchored on a point that is not based on the TRRC Act.

That said I congratulate the government for a very good decision. Their acceptance of the memorialisation recommendations in particular will permanently keep the never again agenda fresh in our public interactions.

We now wait anxiously to see the next steps the government will take to implement the recommendations. Addressing the impunity gap is key. As such, I eagerly look forward to the justice and accountability mechanisms the government will pursue for the perpetrators.

Long live The Gambia and all its people. Long live justice.

Essa Mbye Faal

Former lead counsel


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