The Attorney General and Minister of Justice has strongly backed the President’s Banjul International Colloquium, saying to claim justice for people who were affected by slavery and colonialism is noble.
Mama Fatima Singhateh said last year the Gambian leader embarked on a journey not only to call for a universal condemnation of the atrocities meted out to Africa’s ancestors but to demand for redress for the atrocities perpetrated on Africa’s ancestors and apology for the roles the colonial masters played during the dark period of slavery and slave trade.
Presiding over the closing of the first Banjul International Colloquium at the Coral Beah Hotel and Spa, Minister Singateh said slavery and colonialism had brought brutal attacks on our people. “We have learnt a good deal of understanding about the slave trade from these sessions though we know the journey would be turbulent and hard,” she added.
The Colloquium was sponsored by President Jammeh himself as part of celebrations marking the 22nd year anniversary of the July 22nd Revolution.
Attended by experts on slavery and colonialism, students and historians, the international convergence aims to discuss and advance the frontiers of knowledge by exploring the impacts of slavery, slave trade and colonialism on African social, political, cultural and economic lives and to establish factual bases on the need for reparation.
The Gambia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, thanked the Gambian leader for coming up with the initiative, saying he (President Jammeh) knew very well that the demands are not just for The Gambia but for the entire African continent. “We are all leaving here empowered with knowledge and analysis. Every challenge should make us stronger and fertilise us to grow.”
Sheikh Turad Malick, Minister for Human Rights of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania said the resolution that The Gambia prepares to table before the United Nations General Assembly in September should not only require the remembrance of the victims of slavery but for the reparation on the injuries meted on them.
by Amadou Jallow