A prominent lawyer and former commissioner of The Constitutional Review Commission, Mrs. Janet Ramatoulie Sallah Njie has been elected to serve as commissioner of the African commission on human and people’s rights.
In an announcement, the country’s justice ministry said Madam Sallah, a seasoned lawyer was elected in the executive council at the commission’s 39th session.
Mrs. Sallah-Njie is an experienced legal practitioner and previously served as Solicitor General and Legal Secretary from 1998-2000.
Mrs Sallah Njie who is an ardent defender of Human Rights and Freedoms was also the first President of female Lawyers association and a Board member for ActionAid.
“Her election as a Commissioner of African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights will add value to the Commission’s mandate to protect and enforce Human Rights on the Continent. This comes barely three days after the Gambia’s election to the @UN_HRC ,” the Justice ministry said of her appointment.
Reacting to the news of her appointment, Mrs Sallah- Njie said: ” I appreciate that this privilege carries a corresponding duty to contribute to the promotion and protection human and people’s rights in Africa, and to act with honesty, integrity and unwavering dedication, with courage of conviction. I shall therefore prove my mettle in other to be a worthy ambassador of The Gambia. I commit to work tirelessly to champion the promotion and protection of human and people’s rights, especially the rights of women and children.
I hope to be a source of inspiration for all young lawyers. I am particularly interested in mentoring the vibrant and hardworking, and active young female lawyers in The Gambia. To them I say the sky is the limit, as we strive and together work towards shattering all the glass ceilings around us.?”