The Gambia has delayed a long-awaited report on crimes committed under former President Yahya Jammeh.
The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) failed to hand over the report to President Adama Barrow on Thursday as scheduled, saying it would do so at a later day.
Mr Jammeh, who ruled the West African country for 22 years, lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.
A political pact that could see the return of Mr Jammeh has proved divisive.
There are concerns over the implementation of the report after the political deal.
Amnesty International has accused Gambian President Adama Barrow of failing to repeal repressive laws that stifle press freedom in the country.
The human rights group said the country had recorded more than 15 assaults on journalists in the last four years, according to its report released on Wednesday.
President Barrow came to power in 2017 on the back of a campaign promise to right the wrongs of his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh.
But Amnesty says oppressive laws curtailing human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly have not been amended.
Some state institutions including the national security agencies can monitor, intercept and store communications for surveillance purposes without a court order.
In a 2018 ruling, the Ecowas Court of Justice asked the Gambian authorities to amend criminal laws on libel, sedition and false news in line with the country’s obligations under international human rights law.
That hasn’t been done as the current parliament draws to a close ahead of elections in December.
But the report also acknowledges some positive developments including the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission and the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission to address human rights violations.
The head of Gambia’s reconciliation commission has expressed disappointment at the political alliance between the parties of President Adama Barrow and former long-serving leader Yahya Jammeh
They have teamed up ahead of elections in December.
The Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was established after Mr Jammeh fled the country in 2017 following his election defeat
Testimony has revealed that the former president oversaw murders, torture, targeting of opponents and sexual assault among other crimes during his two-decade long rule.
The TRRC is expected to hand its recommendations over to President Barrow soon, but its Executive Secretary, Baba Galleh Jallow, told BBC Focus on Africa that some will be hard to implement because of the new alliance.
Particularly any proposed prosecution of Mr Jammeh as one of those that would be hard to achieve.
“This is not the right thing for Adama Barrow to have done… I think some of the recommendations will have to suffer,” he said.
Mr Jallow said the commission “can’t applaud” the move adding that the victims of human rights abuses during Mr Jammeh’s rule were “very very disappointed”.
The commission is concerned that Mr Jammeh’s party may have included immunity or pardon in its conditions for a deal.