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PRESS RELEASE: Guinea – Women’s March Against State-Sponsored Violence and Repression, Washington DC, June 4

May 30, 2012

October 2010:  Photo of Guineans from across the eastern seabord, who came to Washington DC to protest violence and repression in their country.  Eighteen months later, the Alpha Conde government seems determined to not address human rights abuses from the past nor ones perpetrated by his security force presently.  On June 4, 2012, Guineans and their supporters will march in DC once again to shine a light on the culture of impunity Conde has created in Guinea.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 30, 2012

Washington, DC

Women’s Groups March Against State-Sponsored Violence and Repression in Guinea – Monday, June 4, Lafayette Park, Washington, DC, at 10 am

On September 28th, 2009, security forces in the Republic of Guinea-Conakry, shocked the world with despicable acts of rape of more than 80 women and the killing of more than 150 people in broad daylight. Since this massacre, the political climate in Guinea has been marked by tension, bitterness and disenchantment due, mainly, to the climate of impunity the government has maintained.

The sponsor of the June 4, march is the Women’s Caucus of Pottal-Fii-Bhantal- Fouta Djallon, an organization which monitors and challenges legally human rights abuses in Guinea.

One of the objectives of the march is to raise awareness of the general public about the serious human rights situation in Guinea. Human rights abuses are committed by the State government against those in the political opposition and often target victims based on ethnicity. The current government of Alpha Conde has refused to address these abuses.

Another objective is to send a specific message to the U. S. government and international financial institutions about an important role they can play: .

“The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the State Department are sources of assistance and funding for countries around the world, including Guinea. During our march, we will stop at the headquarters of these institutions in Washington to deliver a “memorandum for justice” which outlines our concerns. Our primary message will be that a good human rights record must be a condition for the Guinean government to receive future assistance,” says Kadiatou Diallo, Chair, Women’s Caucus of Pottal-Fii-Bhantal-Fouta Djallon.

The DC Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the oldest women’s peace group in the world, endorses this march and supports the struggle of the people of Guinea for peace and justice.

.For more information about the human rights situation in Guinea:

Human Rights Watch report: “Bloody Monday” about the massacre conducted on September 28, 2009, by government security forces http://www.hrw.org/node/87190

The website, Justice in Guinea, provides information about efforts to bring justice to the people of Guinea regarding human rights abuse and repression.

http://www.justiceinguinea.org

Also, the website of Pottal-Fii-Bhantal- Fouta Djallon at http://www.pottalfiibhantal.org

Press Liaison: Bashir Bah, 301-310-1566, issiroubah@yahoo.com

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