The reconciliation process

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Having gone through a twenty-two year dictatorial regime, the Gambia went through a free and fair election which led to the ousting of former president Yahya Jammeh and ushered in Mr Adama Barrow as president.

Having endured many human rights violations and a polarization of the country, the need was felt that there should be a reconciliation process which will heal the country and usher in peace and stability.

The Government of the Gambia set up a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) to establish a record of those alleged violations and put in place a mechanism to ensure that never again will this happen.

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The TRRC is a very important component of the reform process to ensure that there is healing and that peace and reconciliation will reign supreme.

This will ensure that the country will respect human rights and the rule of law.

All citizens of the country are required, by law, to cooperate with the Commission in a bid to attain peace and progress.

It is necessary that perpetrators take responsibility of their actions and victims attain closure in order to forge ahead.

The Commission was set up by an act of parliament and therefore all citizens should cooperate fully so that the overall aim is attained without hitches.

It is unacceptable for a citizen to refuse to cooperate with the Commission as this will be an affront to the whole nation.

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