Declaring the session open, the head of state, President Adama Barrow indicated that that this was a new dawn in the Gambia’s normalization process towards a democratic state.  He thanked the Chairperson and the members of the Commission for withstanding pressure to relocate the Commission Secretariat from Banjul and assured them that it was his Government’s intention to reclaim our positive human rights record of the past.

He noted that human rights protection “must not only be about enacting laws on paper. Concrete steps must be taken through the creation of institutions, policies and programmes for the full realisation and enjoyment of these rights.”

Human rights defenders attending the event expressed pleasant surprise at the fast pace in which the new Government is leaning towards the respect for human rights and the work of its defenders. 

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