The victims’ centre has asked Barrow’s government to swiftly implement the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission as they mark the 22nd anniversary of the April 10/11 student demonstrations.

At least 14 students died after protesting against the brutal killing of their colleagues by some of the security forces and dozens of others arrested and tortured. 

The centre said in a statement: “This unfortunate incident continues to impact on the lives of many Gambians due to the loss of lives and the social implications, such as psychosocial problems and loss of educational opportunities. 

“During the Truth Commission, a lot of issues concerning how the students were executed and illegally detained were revealed, which gave the victims’ families a clue about the realities of the unfaithful day.  

“For more than two decades now, victims of this tragedy continue to be ignored and sidelined by the Government of The Gambia, making it extremely difficult to seek for justice. 

“As we wait for the Government’s White Paper on the TRRC Report and Recommendations on or before 25 May 2022, we are calling on the government to swiftly implement the TRRC Recommendations without prejudice as justice delayed is justice denied.”

“We wish to thank the recently concluded Truth Commission for revealing and providing evidence to Gambians, of the atrocities caused by the former government. 

Also, our sincere thanks go to the United Nations Development Programme and other international partners for their unflinching support in the on-going Transitional Justice Process,” the statement added.

The Victims Center said that they will continue to fight for the rights of Gambians and non-Gambians to ensure peace, justice, and promote the NEVER AGAIN slogan.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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