Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou

Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou announced Thursday night.

President Adama Barrow’s government has promised to reverse many of the actions taken under former leader Yahya Jammeh, who was accused by rights groups of overseeing abuses of opponents during his 22-year rule. Jammeh flew into exile in January under international pressure after a political standoff when he lost the December election and refused to step down.

Banjul is under pressure to act on the new government’s promises as calls for justice grow. Last month, nine former high-ranking officers with the National Intelligence Agency were arrested and charged with murder in the death of an opposition activist.

The justice minister said the truth and reconciliation commission will be established in the next six months.