Today, Gambian victims of human rights violations have announced the establishment of an international Coalition and the Campaign #Jammeh2Justice to hold former President Yahya Jammeh and his accomplices accountable for human rights abuses and international crimes committed in The Gambia.
Guernica37 IJC will be part of this Coalition and Campaign supporting the investigations and legal efforts along with Human Rights Watch, TRIAL International and key local actors such as the Gambia Centre For Victims of Human Right Violations, the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Article 19 West Africa, Coalition for Change in Gambia, TANGO, EG Justice (Equatorial Guinea), Aids-Free World, and La Fondation pour l’égalité des chances en Afrique.
Almudena Bernabeu, co-founder and co-director of Guernica37 is currently in The Gambia, accompanying victims in their fight for truth and justice and supporting the process of investigation of human rights violations.
The following is the victims’ statement:
We, victims of human rights violations under the Jammeh government and human rights lawyers and advocates, met on 19-20 October 2017, in Banjul, to deliberate on strategies to hold ex-president Yahya Jammeh and his accomplices accountable for alleged crimes during his government, including “disappearances,” torture, kidnapping, sexual violence, and murder;
Have decided to create the “Campaign to Bring Yahya Jammeh and his Accomplices to Justice”- “#Jammeh2Justice”
We are committed to attain our ultimate goal, which is to ensure that Yahya Jammeh as well as those who bear the greatest responsibility in the crimes of his government are brought to trial with all due process guarantees.
We are aware that before Yahya Jammeh could get a fair trial in The Gambia that would help promote the rule of law, political, security and institutional concerns must first be addressed.
We Call upon the government of The Gambia to exert diplomatic and political leverage to ensure that Yahya Jammeh faces justice with all due process guarantees,
We Call also on the government of Equatorial Guinea to allow Yahya Jammeh to face justice with all due process guarantees;
We further Call upon ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and all friends of The Gambia to support the aspirations of the victims of abuses by the Jammeh government,
To this end, we are committed to:
Done in Banjul, Kairaba Beach Hotel, The Gambia, 21 October 2017
The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Article 19 West Africa, Coalition for Change in Gambia, TANGO, EG Justice (Equatorial Guinea), TRIAL International (Switzerland), Human Rights Watch, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, Aids-Free World, La Fondation pour l’égalité des chances en Afrique.
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