Daddis presidential bid – Letter from Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon to Mrs. Fatou Bensouda (EN-FR)

Daddis presidential bid – Letter from Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon to Mrs. Fatou Bensouda.
New York, May 29, 2015
Dear Madam Bensouda,
Following the announcement of the candidacy of Mr. Daddis Camara in the presidential elections of Guinea, a coalition of 29 Human Rights organizations, including the FIDH and OGDH, made a statement to mark their indignation on this inappropriate bid which is a sign of contempt to the judicial process and to victims of the massacres of 28 September 2009.
On many occasions – by online petitions, memoranda and letters – our organization and many victims have called on you to request the transfer of the 2009 crimes against humanity’ investigation to the International Court of Justice. We’ve regularly kept you informed of the actions and statements of the Guinean government’s obvious denial of justice to the victims. On October 25th, 2014, in a speech in the Soussou language given in the Loos Islands, the Guinean President admitted having asked the “white folks” to put an end to the investigations. That same month, the justice minister, accused those who want that judicial proceedings to be expedited of having hidden political motives.
The culture of impunity is not only a legacy of past state violence in Guinea. It has become a method of governance. With the approach of presidential elections, the Guinean president wants to use the 2009 crimes to sow discord among the Guinean communities. The staging of demonstrations in the town of Nzerekore and the appointment in the government of a supposed ally of Mr. Daddis Camara, Mr. Boubacar Barry, are part of his plans. In addition, the authorities spread rumors of rebellion in the region from alleged accomplices of Mr. Daddis. A concerted effort is being made by the government to entertain the fiction of Mr. Daddis Camara political stature behind which Guinean citizens native of the Forest region would identify. The campaign is an insult to the Guineans from the southern region of Guinea who are strongly opposed to human rights violations which they have always been victims of. The governance by impunity introduced by the Guinean president has made ethnicity a screen to hide grave crimes. The goal – for the purposes of electoral maneuvering – is to make all denunciations of the crimes committed by the CNDD, an attack against local residents. These amalgams have served as cover for state crimes in Guinea and are the framework of perpetuating impunity.
Our organization and the associations of the victims believe that all conditions are met for your intervention. Since the charges made on a few officers in 2012, the Guinean judges in charge of the September 2009 crimes case have made no progress. This laxity is unacceptable. One of its consequences is to have enabled the Guinean government to inject in the electoral process an officer charged of crimes against humanity. Faced with this evident obstruction of justice of the Guinean government, it is the duty of the I.C.C to take up the issue of the killings. The Guinean populations and victims put their hope in your institution of last resort to begin the eradication of impunity in our country. This eradication is the only way to counter the confrontations the government of Mr. Conde has prepared with his policy of political division and legal laxity.
We remain available should you need any further information.
Respectfully,
COMMISSION FOR THE CENTRAL POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTA-DJALLON

 

Candidature présidentielle de Daddis – Lettre de Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon à Madame Fatou Bensouda.
New York, le 29 Mai 2015
Chère Madame Bensouda,
Suite à l’annonce de la candidature de Mr. Daddis Camara aux élections présidentielles de la Guinée, une coalition de 29 organisations de défense des droits de l’homme incluant le FIDH et l’OGDH, a fait une déclaration pour marquer leur indignation sur cette candidature inopportune qui est un signe de mépris du processus judiciaire et aux victimes des massacres du 28 septembre 2009.
A maintes occasions – par pétitions en ligne, mémorandums et lettres – notre organisation ainsi que de nombreuses victimes vous ont interpellée pour demander le transfert des enquêtes sur les crimes de 2009 à la cour internationale de justice. Nous vous avons régulièrement tenue informée des actions et des propos de déni évident de justice aux victimes des crimes contre l’humanité de 2009 du gouvernement guinéen. En date du 25 octobre 2014, dans un discours en langue Soussou aux îles de Loos, le président guinéen a avoué avoir demandé aux « blancs » de mette fin aux enquêtes sur les massacres. Ce même mois, le ministre de la justice, accusa ceux qui veulent que les procédures judiciaires soient accélérées d’avoir des arrière-pensées politiques.
La culture de l’impunité ne procède pas seulement du passé de violence d’état en Guinée. Elle est devenue une méthode de gouvernance. À l’approche des élections présidentielles, le chef de l’état guinéen veut faire des crimes de 2009 un moyen de discorde entre les communautés guinéennes. Les montages de manifestations dans la ville de Nzérékoré et la nomination dans le gouvernement d’un supposé allié de Mr. Daddis Camara, Mr. Boubacar Barry, font partie de ses plans. En outre, les autorités répandent des rumeurs de rébellion dans la région par des prétendus affidés de Mr. Daddis. Cette campagne est faite pour entretenir l’illusion d’une stature politique de Mr. Daddis Camara derrière laquelle les guinéens originaire de la région de la Forêt se reconnaitraient. En soi, elle est une insulte aux guinéens de la région du Sud de la Guinée qui restent fermement opposés aux violations de droits de l’homme dont ils ont été toujours victimes. La gouvernance par l’impunité instaurée par le président guinéen a fait de l’appartenance ethnique un paravent pour des crimes imprescriptibles. Le but visé est de faire – à des fins de marchandages électoraux – de toutes dénonciations des crimes commis par le CNDD, une atteinte aux habitants de la région. Ces amalgames sont la couverture aux crimes d’état en Guinée et le cadre de perpétuation de l’impunité.
Notre organisation et les associations des victimes considèrent que toutes les conditions sont remplies pour une intervention de votre part. Depuis les inculpations de quelques officiers en 2012, les juges guinéens en charge du dossier des crimes de Septembre 2009 n’ont fait aucun progrès. Ce laxisme est inacceptable. L’une de ses conséquences est d’avoir permis au gouvernement guinéen d’injecter un accusé de crimes contre l’humanité dans le processus électoral. Face à cette obstruction manifeste de la justice du gouvernement guinéen, il est du devoir de la CPI de se saisir du dossier des massacres. Les populations guinéennes et les victimes placent leur espoir en votre institution de derniers recours pour entamer l’éradication de l’impunité dans notre pays. Cette éradication reste le seul moyen pour contrer les affrontements dont le gouvernement de Mr. Condé a préparé les conditions de par ses politiques de division et de laxisme juridique.
Nous restons à votre disposition pour toute information complémentaire et vos prions de croire à nos sentiments distingués

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Visit of Alpha Conde to Washington DC: Letter from Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon to President Obama

Visit OF Mr. Alpha Conde to WASHINGTON.
LETTER of POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTA DJALLON to MR. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATESdes ETAtS-UNIS

Washington, July 15, 2014.

His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama[Mr. President:],
President of the United States of America

Dear Mr. President,
We are honored to address you this letter on the occasion of the invitation you have made to some forty African heads of state[s]s this summer in order to promote democracy and strengthen economic cooperation with the continent. Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon welcomes this initiative. It is an opportunity to thank[ ] the government[Insert US] and the American people for the help they continue to provide to Africa. However, our organization would like to ask you to reconsider the invitation you have extended to the president of Guinea, Mr. Alpha Condé. The reasons for our request are explained in this letter. We would like you to take them into consideration, not only for the upcoming conference, but also for the overall assistance and cooperation policy of the United States with our country.
Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon is a non-profit organization with branches in Europe, Africa and Asia. Our organization is committed to fighting human rights violations in Guinea-Conakry. In that respect, we have established a special program, JUSTICE IN GUINEA, dedicated to eradicating chronic impunity that has reduced our country to a shadow of what it should have been, in regard to its potentials.
On the 28th of September 2009, over 200 people were killed and more than 175 women, mainly ethnic Fulani, were raped in broad daylight by agents of the military junta led by Captain Moussa Camara Daddis. Since his accession to power in 2010, Mr. Alpha Condé – to the dismay of all international and local observers – has shown a disturbing complacency with the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity. Many security officials identified in the UN report as responsible for these atrocities hold senior positions in the government. Not only the victims live in total state of abandonment but also they are under pressure and blackmail to drop any legal process. No action has been taken by the government to hear Captain Camara Daddis, the main responsible for the massacre. Military officers such as Claude Pivi and Tiégboro Camara, namely accused by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, have been indicted but remain in the government cabinet.
Our organization is gravely concerned by this deliberate denial of justice. Mr. Alpha Conde’s complacency is simply unacceptable; it has ruined the hopes of setting Guinea on the path of democracy that his accession to power raised. For many observers of Guinea, Mr. Conde is creating conditions similar to those that allowed the genocide in Rwanda by purging the military apparatus as well as the recruiting and training in Angola of a militia composed exclusively of members of his ethnic group. At the same time military officers of other nationalities of the country are being retired in large numbers. This deliberate weakening of the security forces is accompanied by the establishment of a covert parallel militia of rangers and traditional warriors called Donzo. In the administration, Mr. Alpha Condé has established segregationist and divisive policies that have dissolved the remains of social cohesion in the civil service and the security apparatuses[,], which are in principle the conduits of a national identity. Citizens of President Alpha Condé’s tribe enjoy blatant favors at the expense of others civil servants whose career prospects are diminished if they are not simply sacked from the public administration. Guinea’s fragile economy is more than ever on the brinks of collapse with the government subjecting merchants and traders under constant and biased harassment and heavy taxation measures based on ethnic backgrounds.
The invitation made to Mr. Alpha Condé by your administration has the risk of working against the laudable initiative of encouraging and supporting good governance in Africa. Instead, it will be an encouragement to the consolidation is one of the most corrupt dictatorships of contemporary Africa. Isolating African leaders the likes of Mr. Condé would be a clear message of your administration to the African populations, particularly to the many helpless victims living in anonymity. Without a dramatic and unequivocal reaffirmation of the founding principle of justice in good governance, your administration takes the risk of maintaining the perception of a double standard in its African diplomacy. At a time of international outcry over the barbaric acts of Boko Haram against innocent women, it would be inappropriate to remain silent on the fate of hundreds of women who were raped in Guinea, four years ago.
Some international media circles and diplomats want at any costs to give Guinea the label of an “emerging democracy” with a president working for change. Actually, Mr. Alpha Condé is spending considerable sums of money that could be judiciously utilized to help the Guinean populations, in order to forge and maintain this image. A lobby of influential []people in the United States, France and the United Kingdom is at work to hide the misdeeds and crimes of his administration. The assassination in their sleep of local inhabitants of Zogota following a dispute on salary arrears and hiring practices by mining companies, the kidnapping of youth from a market place in Conakry and their transfer under harsh conditions to Soronkoni in Upper-Guinea with the death of a few of them, the multiple assassinations of demonstrators or the detention with tortures of citizens under false accusations of fictitious plots against the government are a few examples of the climate of repression that have led Guinea to a new height of social tension. In conjunction with blatant cases of corruption in the awarding of mining contracts with payments of hundreds of millions of dollars whose destination remains hidden, while the citizens live in dire poverty, there are clear indications of a country sliding into autocracy and dictatorship. The support provided by the lobbyists only reinforces Mr. Alpha Condé choice of the dangerous logic of governing by denial of justice and contempt to the victims of the state violence, by trampling of the electoral process with pre-emptive strikes against certain ethnic groups in anticipation of the presidential elections of 2015. Any other goodwill gesture from the U.S. government in favor of the regime of Mr. Alpha Condé will be used as a blank check by his administration in the pursuit of this policy of division and chaos.
Pottal Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon is representative of a vast majority of the voiceless victims in Guinea. On behalf of that majority, we are calling on you to put pressure on Mr. Alpha Condé by suspending all forms of economic assistance to the Government of Guinea until tangible progress is made in the judicial process against all officers charged with crimes against humanity.
Our organization would like that the U.S. government to remind ECOWAS leaders of the moral indecency of allowing one of the main protagonists of the massacres of September 28th 2009, Mr. Daddis Camara, to enjoy a golden exile in Burkina Faso, with the privileges of a former head[of] of State. This laxity discredits ECOWAS and maintains a fertile ground for extremist groups. It projects on the African continent an image that goes against African values of respect for women as well as African aspirations to democracy and development. It institutionalizes impunity with serious threats to the stability of the region of West Africa. We urge you to put pressure on the presidents of the ECOWAS to setup an investigation committee composed of independent lawyers to hear and try the Captain Moussa Daddis Camara and his accomplices in the junta such as General Sekouba Konate.
The pressure of the United States of America on behalf of justice as true foundation of democracy is essential to save Guinea from the bleak prospects of a genocide that would have tragic consequences for the entire region of West Africa.
Our representatives in Washington DC are available to convey any additional information regarding this letter.
Most[insert] Respectfully,

The Central Commission of Pottal Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon
Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon 3396 Third Avenue 1st Floor BRONX, NY 11456, Tel: 718-879-6697