A victim of Yayah Jammeh’s human rights violations by virtue of her uncle who went missing in 2013, she has over ten years experience of involvement with non-profit and advocacy organisations in the areas of disability, justice, homelessness, orphans, widows, education and sexual violence. A trained rape crisis counselor, Sirra is also an accomplished senior business management executive.
Human rights defender and executive director of EG Justice, the world’s first NGO focusing on human rights, rule of law, transparency, and civil society in Equatorial Guinea. Tutu is an adversary of government abuse of power, corruption, and impunity, and a vocal critic of Equatorial Guinea’s authoritarian regime.
Director of Civitas-Maxima and lawyer registered with the Geneva Bar (Switzerland), he has worked for the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in several trials including the trial in The Hague of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor. He also represented victims in the case against former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, in front of the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal.
A qualified lawyer, her focus has centred primarily on legal redress relating to human rights violations concerning refugees and other migrants, persons deprived of liberty, and discrimination against LGBTI. Lesley has worked with international human rights organisations such as UNHCR and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C where she was responsible for processing cases that involved forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings during the armed conflict in Colombia.
A human rights activist and storyteller, she also consults with organisations in her capacity as a gender equality specialist. In the last 8 years, she has worked for several NGOs and international organisations in various countries focusing on human rights, women’s empowerment and sustainable development. She is the daughter of Saul N’dow, a forcibly disappeared and presumed killed under the Jammeh regime.
REGIONAL ADVOCACY MANAGER
An expert in programme management and advocacy, he has worked for several NGOs and international organisations. In his last assignment, he helped set up the Gambia office of the London-based human rights organisation Article 19 Centre Against Censorship, ensuring that the government takes advantage of the period of transition to facilitate media-related reforms, introduce an Access to Information legal regime and build the capacity and programme management pillars of the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations.
A Human Rights Defender and experienced legal researcher with particular focus on international criminal justice, she has worked in the Human Rights, International Development and International Justice fields in Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and The Hague.
ADVOCACY OFFICER GHANA
The only Ghanaian survivor of the 2005 July massacre involving 54 ECOWAS national (including 44 Ghanaians) along the coast of The Gambia, he has relentlessly been pushing for the truth and seeking justice by advocating for the Ghanaian government to prosecute Jammeh and his accomplices.
A French-German human rights lawyer, she has worked on a series of high profile cases on crimes against humanity, which includes the 2016 trial of Chad ex-dictator Hissène Habré.