EUROPEAN UNION EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER THE RECENT ATTACKS ON TRRC FEMALE VICTIMS AND OTHERS BY THE APRC OFFICIALS

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Statement by the European Union Delegation to The Gambia

The European Union Delegation to The Gambia recognises that last year’s
launch of the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission
(TRRC) was a key moment in The Gambia’s journey towards democracy
based on the rule of law and human rights. However, we observe with great
dismay the recent increase in deeply offensive and threatening remarks
made publicly on several occasions by prominent political figures
specifically towards female TRRC witnesses, but also TRRC witnesses
more broadly.

Such threatening remarks are not only abhorrent, but also hamper the
country`s efforts to reverse the abusive legacy of the past, to eliminate
climate of fear that was prevailing. They could also potentially obstruct a
successful completion of the national process of healing and reconciliation.
There should be no place for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV),
in all its forms, including the use of threatening language in a democratic
society. Victims of SGBV who have shown immense courage in coming
forward should be celebrated and supported, not stigmatised and threatened.

The European Union Ambassador in The Gambia thus calls on the Gambian
national authorities to condemn these threats; to take action, as appropriate,
to ensure the protection of all TRRC witnesses; and to investigate whether
laws and human rights have been violated, in particular including article 36
of the TRRC Act.

The European Union Delegation to The Gambia continues to support The
Gambia in its efforts to enhance democracy, national reconciliation and the
protection of human rights, including the elimination of violence against
women in the country.

Banjul, 6th December 2019

For more information on “The EU’s fight against gender-based violence” and the
elimination of violence against women in general, visit

https://eeas.europa.eu/regions/western-europe/70852/international-day-elimination-
violence-against-women-lighting-world-orange-stand-against-rape_en


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