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2005 Gambia Massacre: J2J Coalition urges govt to open talks with Gambian govt over compensation payment of $600,000 to victim’s families and survivors

William Nyarko

The Jammeh2Justice Ghana Coalition (J2J Ghana) urges the government of Ghana to immediately initiate discussions with The Gambian government to pay the promised compensation to the West African migrants including more than 44 Ghanaians who were unlawfully killed in The Gambia in 2005.

Following the findings by the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that ex-President Yahya Jammeh and 12 others under his command and control were responsible for the unlawful killing, torture, and enforced disappearances of over 50 West African migrants, the Gambian government on May 25, 2022, accepted the recommendations of the TRRC to pay a sum of thirty-two million, four hundred thousand Dalasi (about $600,000) as compensation to the victims of the 2005 massacre.

These reparations payments were directed to be paid as soon as possible through the respective governments of the countries of origin of the victims.

Since the release of the white paper, the J2J Ghana Coalition, the victims’ families, and survivors expected the government of Ghana, which is mandated to receive the money for onward payment, to contact the victims’ families and survivors, and publicly provide information about the steps it is taking to ensure the Gambian government pays the reparations to them.

Regrettably, no such contact has been made, and action has not been taken. In this regard, we urge the government of Ghana to, as a matter of urgency, contact the victims’ families and survivors. The J2J Ghana Coalition, which has remained in contact with the victims’ families and survivors, is ready to assist the government in such engagement.

We also reiterate our earlier call that the compensation amount of about $600,000 for 67 victims promised by the Gambian government is woefully inadequate and that the said amount, if paid, should be considered as a first payment towards the payment of additional and adequate compensation to the victims’ families and survivors.

The J2J Ghana would like to encourage the Ghana government to consider further negotiations with the government of the Gambia to secure additional and adequate financial support for the survivors and victims.

The Jammeh2Justice Ghana Coalition is a Coalition of Civil Society Organizations led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), to advocate justice and the payment of reparations for the victims’ families and survivors. Other members of the Coalition include the Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA); Amnesty International, Ghana; Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI); Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA); Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC); and POS Foundation.

Media contact:
William Nyarko
Project Coordinator, Jammeh2Justice Ghana Coalition
Phone/Whatsapp :+233-561766680

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