Banjul — Greater than 50 West Africans Killed Beneath Ex-President Yahya Jammeh
Gambia’s Fact, Reconciliation, and Reparations Fee (TRRC) will maintain hearings at its present session, which started on February 22, 2021, on the 2005 bloodbath of greater than 50 West African migrants. It was the most important lack of life throughout the rule of former president Yahya Jammeh.
About forty-four Ghanaians, 9 Nigerians, two Togolese, and nationals of Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, and Senegal are believed to have been killed over a number of days in July 2005. Amongst these scheduled to testify is Martin Kyere of Ghana, the only recognized survivor.
Earlier official makes an attempt to research the bloodbath have been stymied or flawed. Ghana tried to research the killings in 2005 and 2006, however was blocked by the then-Jammeh authorities. In 2008, the United Nations and the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) shaped a joint investigative staff, which produced a report in April 2009 that was stated to have concluded that the Gambian authorities was not “instantly or not directly complicit” within the deaths and enforced disappearances. It blamed “rogue” components in Gambia’s safety providers “appearing on their very own” for the bloodbath. The UN/ECOWAS report has by no means been made public, nonetheless, regardless of repeated requests by the victims and by 5 UN human rights consultants.
A 2018 report by TRIAL Worldwide and Human Rights Watch, primarily based on interviews with 30 former Jammeh-era officers, discovered, nonetheless, that Jammeh’s closest associates within the military, the navy, and the police detained the migrants, after which the “Junglers,” a unit of Gambian troopers working beneath Jammeh’s orders, summarily executed them. TRIAL and Human Rights Watch additionally discovered that the Gambian authorities destroyed key proof earlier than the UN/ECOWAS staff arrived.
In July 2019, three former Junglers testified publicly earlier than the reality fee that they and 12 different Junglers had carried out the killings on Jammeh’s orders. One of many officers, Omar Jallow, recalled that the operation’s chief informed the lads that “the order from … Jammeh is that they’re all to be executed.”
The upcoming fact fee hearings are anticipated to shed additional mild on the bloodbath and the cover-up.
“I’ve been combating for 15 years for fact and for justice for my companions who have been killed,” stated Kyere. He had escaped from a transferring truck carrying different detained migrants who have been killed shortly thereafter. Since then he has been organizing the households of the victims.
Kyere will likely be in Banjul for the hearings along with William Nyarko, govt director of the Africa Heart for Worldwide Legislation and Accountability (ACILA), who coordinates the Jammeh2Justice Ghana marketing campaign.