While people in the US were enjoying their Thanksgiving dinners, Guinea was popping with news. With so much happening there over the last 48 hours, we thought it might be best to divide all this news into the following categories which we obviously borrowed from one of Clint Eastwood’s more memorable films: ” The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”
The majority of the news for this update comes from Africaguinee.com.
-INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT TO START INVESTIGATION OF MOST RECENT VIOLENCE IN GUINEA
Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor with the ICC, upon her return from a very recent visit to Guinea, has determined that the ICC will investigate post-electoral violence in Guinea. The ICC is still investigating and reviewing evidence associated with the September 28, 2009, massacre of opposition demonstrators by Guinean security forces. Hopefully, the ICC investigations will bear fruit in the form of charges and trials at The Hague. Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda are pictured below.
-CELLOU DALEIN DIALLO VISITS VICTIMS OF POST-ELECTORAL VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY STATE SECURITY FORCES
Presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo visited victims in a hospital in Conakry who were shot or otherwise physically injured by Guinea security forces after the announcement by the CENI of preliminary election results on Monday, November15, 2010. Diallo is taking the cases of those injured and killed to the International Criminal Court in a complaint suggesting that Konate and Dore were complicit and, as such, have committed crimes against humanity. Diallo is pictured below comforting one of the victims.
-UFDG APPEALS TO THE HAGUE TO INVLAIDATE ELECTION RESULTS IF CONDE DECLARED WINNER
UFDG has filed a complaint with The Hague requesting that should the Guinean Supreme Court validate the provisional results presented by the CENI on November 15, the election should be declared invalid. Diallo has claimed that massive fraud took place in the election in which the Conde campaign, Jean-Marie Dore, and Sekouba Konate are complicit. If the Supreme Court validates the November 15 results, it will mean that the Court did not consider any of Diallo’s complaints of fraud. Further, Diallo (pictured below) says he will request new elections if the results are invalidated.
-EU SHAKES A FINGER AT THE GUINEAN SUPREME COURT
The European Union has put the Guinean Supreme Court on notice that it expects all complaints submitted to it regarding irregularitites of the election process to be reviewed with complete transparence and according to the law. It’s rather extraordinary that the EU would find it necessary to instruct the Supreme Court of a sovereign nation on how to do its judging, but it speaks volumes about the international community’s growing lack of confidence in the Supreme Court’s delivery of a fair and just conclusion to the election. These EU concerns came in the form of an official declaration from Catherine Ashton (pictured below), Foreign Affairs chief of the European Union.
OKAY, LET’S JUST COMBINE THE BAD AND UGLY CATEGORIES FOR THE REST OF THE NEWS:
-CHIEF OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ELECTORAL OBSERVATION MISSION IN CONAKRY, ALEXANDER VON LAMBSDORFF, SAYS HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT WELL INFORMED ABOUT THE SITUATION IN GUINEA!
Mr. Von Lamsdorff should start looking over his shoulder a little more often now that he decided to take on the BIG international human rights organizations over the credibility of their data concerning the state of human rights in Guinea. Secondly, Von Lambsdorff refutes the one thing that the world is beginning to see clearly: in the post-election period, Guinean state security forces sought out unarmed Guineans of the Peul ethnicity and shot them, killing several and wounding hundreds. Von Lambsdorff maintains that there is no systematic violence against a particular Guinean community (of course, he doesn’t say Peuls, but they are who he is talking about) and he doesn’t want Human Rights Watch, International Crisis group, etc. mucking things up by saying the opposite.
Of course, the primary question is why is Von Lambsdorff trying to quash this awful truth when video evidence is popping up from many parts of Guinea. The only reason to deny the truth publicly is that acts of systematic, ethnically-targeted, state-sponsored violence usually end up in the lap of the head of state — that is, Konate. Remember that Konate is not out of the woods on the state-sponsored massacre of September 28, 2009, or one would hope. It’s quite possible that the international community made a deal with Konate. Desperate to have a conclusion to the Guinean electoral saga and to keep Guinea’s military of 50,000 under wraps, Konate may have been promised that he would be protected from prosecution by the International Criminal Court concerning the 2009 massacre, if he produced an election pronto. Another instance of ethnic cleansing could make it difficult for members of the international community to continue defending him.
In addition to Von Lamsdorff’s very interesting stories about human rights in Guinea, he stated that he will issue a comprehensive report on the election after the decision of the Supreme Court is announced. Can’t wait. Until then, we will have to settle for this pic of him.
-BUT, PM JEAN-MARIE DORE IS NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY MR. VON LAMBSDORFF IN THE PASSING OFF OF FICTION AS TRUTH DEPARTMENT — HE’S ACCUSING CELLOU DALEIN DIALLO OF STARTING A “DJIHAD” (guess that’s a Diallo Jihad)
Dore must be reeling from the Diallo camp’s recent announcement that it has sent information to The Hague which alleges that Dore and Konate have committed crimes against humanity. These crimes include the Siguiri and Kouroussa state-sponsored, ethnically-motivated attacks last October against the Peuls and the Guinean state security forces’ violence against the Peuls which took place after the provisional results were announced by the CENI on November 15.
Not to be outdone, Mr. Dore maintains that he knows that money is being collected for Mr. Diallo and that the money will be used for “Djihad” in which the country will be attacked. Further, Dore says he has video evidence of UFDG-sponsored violence in Mamou and Pita. IF, Dore has anything, its video of Peuls defending themselves.
After much flapping of wings, Dore (pictured below) said that Diallo “must face justice!”
-AND WE END WITH A STORY THAT IS GOOD, BUT WAS SO BAD FOR SUCH A LONG TIME THAT WE PLACE IT IN THIS CATEGORY: KONATE SIGNS DECREE LIFTING THE SUSPENSION OF THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF IGNACE DEEN HOSPITAL IN CONAKRY AFTER JEAN-MARIE DORE HAD HER SUSPENDED FOR . . . GIVING HER MEDICAL OPINION ABOUT THAT DOGGONE CONDE POISONING HOAX
If you recall, in October, the Conde campaign claimed that the Peuls had poisoned some of its supporters via yogurt distributed at a campaign rally. Within a few hours of this Conde campaign pronouncement, most responsible people realized that the Peuls poisoned no one and that is was yogurt that had gone bad which sent some of Conde’s supporters to the hospital. Yet, the entire Conde campaign apparatus including Jean-Marie Dore shifted into hire gear and used the poisoning hoax to rile up Malinkes against Peuls. At the end of October, Malinkes blanketed Siguiri and Korroussa attacking, killing, ransacking, and burning houses and businesses. It was such a terrible experience that approximately 20,000 Peuls fled these areas. And, this was the real goal of the poisoning hoax. Drive Malinkes into a rage over the poisoning incident, attack heavily Peul-populated areas, force them to flee, causing complete disenfranchisement of those displaced because they were unable to return to their home voting districts on election day.
And why was Dr. Fatoumata Binta Diallo, medical director of the hospital, suspended by the Prime Minister? She gave her medical opinion that the patients were likely suffering from yogurt gone bad and their symptoms were not life threatening. Since her medical opinion ran counter to the poison narrative, Dore suspended her. The suspension of Dr. Diallo has been lifted. Let’s hope that no other politician thinks it appropriate to interfere with the good doctor and her practice of medicine.