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HRW: Witnesses Describe Security Force Excesses – Mr. Von Lambsdorff, You Might Want to Check It Out

November 29, 2010

This photo is from the stadium massacre on September 28, 2009, in which much of the violence committed by Guinean state security forces specifically targeted Peuls.

 

A few excerpts from Human Rights Watch’s investigation into post-electoral violence in Guinea:

The Human Rights Watch investigation in Guinea showed that members of the security forces used ethnic slurs against members of the Peuhl ethnic group, collaborated with civilian mobs from ethnic groups that largely supported Condé, and in several cases looted and stole property from people who were perceived to have supported Diallo. Although the security forces may have sought to quell the violence that seized the cities of Conakry, Dalaba, and Labé, they failed to provide equal protection to all Guineans, Human Rights Watch said.

Behaving more as predators than protectors, security force members in Guinea have for decades been allowed to get away with abuses including extortion, banditry, theft, kidnapping, racketeering, and excessive use of lethal force, with no apparent fear of being held accountable. Successive authoritarian heads of state have used the security services for partisan ends to repress political opponents, influence the outcome of elections, and intimidate the judiciary.

To read the full report please click here

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