Over 1,000 victims of Jammeh-era abuse registered by rights group

Over 1,000 people have been registered by a Gambian human rights group but it is worried about the slow pace of action on the said abuses by the Adama Barrow-led government.

According to Sheriff Kijera, Chairman of the Gambia Center of Victims for Human Rights Violations (GCVHRV), the registered members were those directly or indirectly affected by Jammeh’s alleged violations.

“The registered victims are survivors and relatives of victims of serious human rights violations inclusing forced disapperances, extra judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, sexual based violence and more,” the Point portal quoted him as saying.

He stressed that the GCVHRV was doing its best along with support from the Turkish government and relevant partner agencies but that the government needed to double up its efforts in helping victims.

Jammeh’s over two decades rule ended in December 2016 after he lost presidential polls to the incumbent. He attempted to annul the results but failed and is currently on exile in Equatorial Guinea.

His reign is saddled with accusations of rights abuse that targeted journalists and opponents. He is also said to have presided over the pillaging of national coffers. Barrow has set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into the alleged crimes and a body to also probe the financial issues under Jammeh.



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