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Published On: Thu, Nov 2nd, 2023

The National Assembly Passes  Victims Reparations Bill 2023

The National Assembly of The Gambia passed the Victims Reparations Bill 2023 on Wednesday, after an intense debate among members. 

 The bill, which was tabled by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Dawda A. Jallow, yesterday during the first extraordinary session in the 2023 legislative year, aims to establish a fund for compensating victims of human rights abuses and violations that occurred between July 1994 and January 2017.

 The bill successfully passed through all three stages of the National Assembly after a vigorous debate among its members regarding the bill’s urgency. 

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Hon. Dawda A. Jallow presented the bill to the lawmakers, outlining its objectives and rationale.

 The primary goal of the bill is to establish a reparations commission responsible for reviewing reparations provided by the TRRC (Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission), making necessary adjustments, identifying new victims not previously recognized by the TRRC, maintaining an updated victim database, and formulating and publishing guidelines and procedures for granting reparations.

 The Minister highlighted that the commission would determine the cost of reparations, establishing objective criteria for evaluating victims and their entitlements. Furthermore, he pointed out that reparations extend beyond financial compensation, encompassing various other aspects. 

 After the debate, every member of the National Assembly in attendance cast their votes in favor of the bill, securing its passage

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