As a part of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative's (ABA ROLI) Promoting Rights and Justice (PRJ) project, representatives from across The Gambia gathered in July to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their capacity to provide access to justice for victims of human rights violations. Participants honed their craft in this week-long training session through discussion of the myriad of issues blocking the path to accountability—issues that seem less daunting when confronted by participation from The Gambian civil society and government actors alike.
The diverse composition of participants from across the judicial sector proved to be a unique and valuable facet of the training session. The 40 participants were drawn from the Ministry of Justice to The Gambia Bar Association (GBA), to other governmental and civil society organizations. These groups addressed common issues such as women’s rights, children’s rights, access to justice, trafficking in persons, the media, and transitional justice.