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Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon Organizes Sept. 28 NY March of Remembrnce and Protest on Third Anniversary of the State-Sponsored Massacre of Guinean Opposition Supporters

September 19, 2012

SEPT. 28, 2009:  Two women search desperately for news of loved ones who attended the opposition rally at the Sept. 28 stadium where state-sponsored security forces attacked participants.  Many relatives did find their loved ones — at the morgue.  In addition, over 100 women were brutally raped by security forces which specifically targeted them because of their Peul ethnicity.

New York, September 17th, 2012

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon has organized a march of remembrance and protest to be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 in New York. The march will begin at 10:00 am at the diplomatic representation of Guinea and end at the United Nations – Plaza of Nations.

On 28 September 2009, security forces in the Republic of Guinea-Conakry shocked the world by despicable acts of rape of over 80 women and the killing of more than 150 people in broad daylight. Since the massacre, the political climate in Guinea has deteriorated due to the impunity enjoyed by the agents of the security forces suspected of committing these crimes.

Pottal Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon is an advocacy group that works for the defense of human rights in Guinea. One of the objectives of the march is raising awareness of international organizations within the United Nations regarding the danger of repeated violations of human rights in Guinea and the climate of impunity maintained by the government after the last presidential election. The inauguration of President Alpha Condé of Guinea was supposed to pave the way for democracy. This hope has been ruined today because of the Government’s refusal to continue the investigation of crimes against humanity, its open support of the perpetrators of these crimes and its continuous and deliberate attacks by state security forces against political opponents, media, specific ethnic groups and regular citizens.

Another objective of the march is to send a clear message to international development and human rights organizations about the role that should be theirs to avoid political chaos in Guinea. Policies of ethnic exclusion and the Government’s provocative measures have the potential to destabilize Guinea; this will have dangerous consequences for the population and sub-region of West Africa, which is struggling to recover from wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire.

For more information on the human rights situation in Guinea consult Human Rights Watch report, “Bloody Monday”, massacre on 28 September 2009 by the security forces of the government www.hrw.org/node/87190.

The website JUSTICE IN GUINEA, http://www.justiceinguinea.org and website of Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon, www.pottalfiibhantal.org provide information on violations of human rights, repression and ongoing actions to bring justice to the people of Guinea.

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