The 17th session of the public hearings of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, TRRC, focused on abuses perpetrated by the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. It covered witness testimonials about the arbitrary arrest, detention, and torture committed by the NIA. Many described horrific torture at the hands of “The Junglers” in an attempt to obtain false statements or confessions.
6th July to 23rd July, 2020
TRRC Digest, Edition 15
The 15th session covered two topics: the injuries and deaths caused by Yahya Jammeh’s convoys as well as attacks on road users and the fraudulent HIV/AIDS treatment programme, during which at least 10 persons died. It was also reported that several died following complications caused by the fake treatment and survivors still live with the devastating consequences of the so called treatment.
The session also heard the completion of the testimony of David Colley, former Director General of the Gambia Prison Service, which began in session 14.
17th February to 5th March, 2020
TRRC Digest, Edition 12
The 12th session focused on the arbitrary arrest and detention of public servants and private persons during the Yahya Jammeh regime. Witnesses testified to the systemic arbitrary arrest, (prolonged) detention (including incommunicado) and complete lack of due process they were subjected to, as well as the torture meted out onto them, including sexual violence.
11th November to 5th December, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 10
The four-week session focused on the witch-hunt campaign ordered by Yahya Jammeh which resulted in the persecution, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of hundreds of mainly elderly men and women from various villages in West Coast and North Bank regions of The Gambia as well as security personnel accused of witchcraft.
Many of the victims were beaten and forced to drink a hallucinogenic concoction, which resulted in immediate, long-lasting health problems; and in death.
16th September to 3rd October, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 8
The eight session of the TRRC public hearings focused almost entirely on the April 2000 Students Protests and the subsequent brutal crackdown by the Jammeh security forces against unarmed civilians, which resulted in at least 18 lives lost and many others injured.
8th July to 25th July, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 6
The sixth session of the TRRC public hearings, which ran from 8th to 25th July 2019, saw three members of former President Jammeh’s death squad -the Junglers- testify about more than 80 cases of enforced disappearances and other crimes against humanity committed under direct orders of Yahya Jammeh. The TRRC session also focused on the crimes committed against journalists, ranging from extrajudicial killing to arbitrary arrests and attacks on media houses.
8th April to 25th April, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 4
The fourth edition of the Digest covers the fourth session of the TRRC which continued to hear testimonies related to the 22nd July 1994 coup, the alleged 11th November 1994 failed coup and the death of the then Minister of Finance Ousman Koro Ceesay in June 1995. The fourth session also heard testimonies regarding the Denton Bridge incident and from persons mentioned by witnesses in the previous sessions, including one of the most high profiled alleged perpetrators; and relatives of those extrajudicially killed during those events.
12th February to 28th February, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 2
The second edition of the Digest covers the second session of the TRRC which primarily looked into the alleged November 11th 1994 failed coup. The 22nd July 1994 coup, the extrajudicial killing of former Minister of Finance Ousman Koro Ceesay in June 1995, the arbitrary arrests, detention and torture that individuals (including some witnesses) were subjected to in Gambia, notably in January 1995, October 1995 and March- April 2006 were also discussed.
12th October to 28th October, 2020
TRRC Digest, Edition 16
The 16th session of the public hearings of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, TRRC, covered two themes. The first part was a continuation from the 15th session and focused on Yahya Jammeh’s fake “cure” for HIV/AIDS, also known as the Presidential Alternative Treatment Programme, PATP. The second part of the session began a new thematic segment on the human rights violations and abuses committed by members of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA an institutional body used by Yahya Jammeh as a repressive tool.
16th March to 18th March & 8th June to 25th June, 2020
TRRC Digest, Editions 13 & 14
The 13th session, which was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on the injuries and deaths caused by Yahya Jammeh’s convoys as well as attacks by the Junglers on road users and the impact these tragic encounters had on their lives.
The 14th session focused on the prisons system during the Yahya Jammeh regime and the violations of the rights of inmates and detainees. Witnesses testified to a system plagued by corruption, nepotism, ethnic discrimination, torture and unlawful confinement practices, including unreasonably long detention of inmates. Testimonies also described the deplorable conditions of the prison facilities.
20th January to 6th February, 2020
TRRC Digest, Edition 11
The 11th session focused on the attacks on the religious freedoms of people during the Jammeh regime. Witnesses testified to the arrest, detention, torture and persecution of imams for preaching a brand of Islam or views that were different from that espoused by Yahya Jammeh. Witnesses also discussed the harassment and attacks on religious minorities including Christians and Ahmadiyyah Muslim Jamat; and the persecution and forcible exile of the Ndigal sect in 2009.
14th October to 31st October, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 9
A historic session of the TRRC public hearings which focused almost entirely on the highly-sensitive issue of gender and sexual-based violence (SGBV) in The Gambia. The session included testimonies from women subjected to SGVB during the Yahya Jammeh regime. Three days were also dedicated to hearing the testimony of Edward Singhateh, a high-profile alleged perpetrator regarding the numerous accusations meted against him.
5th August to 22nd August, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 7
The seventh session of the TRRC public hearings saw another five members of former President Jammeh’s death squad -the Junglers- testify about the human rights violations committed under direct orders of Yahya Jammeh. The second half of the session focused on the April 2000 Students Protests and the subsequent brutal crackdown by the Jammeh security forces, which resulted in at least 15 lives lost and many other students injured.
10th June to 27th June, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 5
The fifth edition of the Digest covers the fifth session of the TRRC which focused on the victimisation of perceived political opponents to Yahya Jammeh’s regime, specifically the United Democratic Party, UDP. During the session, two high profile persons accused of gross human rights violations appeared before the Commission, namely Alagie Martin (Brigadier General in the army) and Yankuba Touray (former Council member and Minister of Local Government and Lands ).
11th March to 28th March, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 3
The third edition of the Digest covers the third session of the TRRC which continued to hear testimonies related to the 22nd July 1994 coup, the alleged 11th November 1994 failed coup and the death of the then Minister of Finance Ousman Koro Ceesay in June 1995. The third session also heard testimonies from persons adversely mentioned in sessions 1 and 2; and relatives of those extrajudicially killed or forcibly disappeared and tortured during those events.
7th January to 28th January, 2019
TRRC Digest, Edition 1
A constructive recount of the first session of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission hearings looking into the July 22nd Coup and the early aftermath. The summary provides names of persons adversely mentioned as perpetrators of and/or accessory to gross human rights violations.