The Kumbaya from Hell: At Last Minute, Conde Adds a Boatload of Political Leaders to Meeting

According to an announcement read on state TV and radio, Conde has extended the initial invitation he made to Cellou Dalein Diallo, Sidya Toure, and Moussa Solano, to several other leaders of Guinean political parties.

Below is the official statement translated into English using Google. You will see many familiar names, Jean Marie Dore, Ibrahima Fofana Kassory, and Lonseny Fall. Most of this list consists of parties who garnered less than one percent of the vote in the presidential election in 2010 and most of the leaders have already declared allegiance to Alpha Conde. Conde pulled off a classic bait and switch.

This is not a meeting, this is a photo-op. Yet, this works just fine for Western diplomats. They will share the photo of all the Guinean leaders gathered under the tent of Alpha Conde, with their corporate contacts as proof that Guinea is ready. Grossly fraudulent legislative elections to seal the deal on Guinea’s transition to destruction cannot be too far away.

A kumbayah straight from hell, indeed.

THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY

As part of periodic consultations with the social and political actors, the Head of State, Professor Alpha Condé, will receive Tuesday, November 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the Palais Sékhoutouréya, leaders of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, UFDG , Elhadj Mamadou Diallo, the Union of Republican Forces, UFR, Mr Sidi Touré, the Party of Unity and Progress, PUP, Elhadj Moussa Solano.

This invitation is extended to leaders of the Union for Progress of Guinea, UPG, Jean Marie Dore, Guinea for All, GPT, Mr. Ibrahima Fofana Kassory, of the Democratic Union of Guinea, UDG, Elhadj Mamadou Sylla , the United Front for Democracy and Change, FUDEC, François Lonsény Fall, New Generation for the Republic, NGR, Mr. Abe Sylla, the Party for Union and Development, PUD, Elhadj Mamadou Ditinn Diallo, Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, Mr. Mamadou Bah Baadiko.

The invitation of the President of the Republic also falls within the National Dialogue, everything dear to the people of Guinea.

The Press Office of the Presidency informs the national and international press as part of periodic consultations with the social and political actors, the Head of State, Professor Alpha Condé, will receive Tuesday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Palais Sékhoutouréya the leaders of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, UFDG, Elhadj Mamadou Diallo, the Union of Republican Forces, UFR, Mr Sidi Touré, the Party of Unity and Progress, PUP, Elhadj Moussa Solano .

The press will gather out of traditional statements of political leaders invited audience.

To this end, the Press Office of the President invites interested bodies, by reason of a journalist by organ, to be present at Sékhoutouréya Tuesday, November 15 to 14 hours.

Please bring an identification badge.

Conakry, November 14, 2011

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Guinean Opposition Parties (Sylla, Kouyate, Dore) Create New Alliance

AFP: Guinean opposition parties create new alliance

(AFP) – 20 hours ago

2011-8-20

CONAKRY — Leaders of Guinean opposition parties on Friday announced the creation of a new coalition, the Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP), ahead of legislative polls which should be held this year.

The declaration of the creation of the group came from six opposition parties but others “are set to join us soon,” said former information minister Aboubacar Sylla, whyo heads the Alliance of Force for Change (AFC).

Also included in the new coalition are the UPG party of former prime minister Jean Marie Dore, and the PEDN of fellow former-PM Lansana Kouyate.

The six-party grouping in its statement rejected “all forms of extremism, violence and exclusion” calling instead for “social cohesion”.

They plan to put forward joint candidate lists for the upcoming elections.

Guinea’s legislative elections should have been held six months after President Alpha Conde — the country’s first democratically elected leader since independence in 1960 — was sworn in on December 2010.

The interior minister said in June they would take place before the end of this year.

The new opposition alliance called for “free and transparent” elections as well as respect of human rights and the freedom of the press.

Guinea and Impunity: Rapist-Soldiers and Ethnic Cleansing

Four young Peul women in Labe, ranging in age from 18 to 24, were viciously and repeatedly raped by Guinean military during the last two weeks of November 2010.  All were kidnapped.  Two of the women were taken to rape houses, where one was held for two days along with five other women.  The other two victims were raped in the back of  pick-up trucks.

The military rapists dropped off the 20 year-old woman near a hospital leaving a note, probably of a threatening nature, for the prefect, Safioulahi Bah.  The victim was found later, rushed to the emergency room, and resuscitated.  Dropping this young woman near a hospital was not a humanitarian effort on the part of her rapists, rather it was an attempt to escape a murder charge — if she was going to die, they wanted her to do it at the hospital, not in their rape chamber.  Peul women have been raped by military soldiers in other parts of the country, including Dalaba and Pita as well.

Rape is a violent crime and a weapon of intimidation regardless of the circumstances. When members of the military rape it is a state-sponsored crime and everyone from the commanding officer, to the defense minister to the head of state is responsible.  The fact that the military targeted Peul women to rape means that the transitional government is engaged in yet another facet of its overall program to ethnically cleanse Peuls. 

Beneath the nose of the international community, the 2010 presidential election in Guinea was a showcase for ethnic targeting of Peuls.  The line was drawn in the sand early.  The “anyone but a Peul” for president was uttered repeatedly to discount Cellou Diallo’s candidacy from the start.  In the second round of the election, the Conde campaign’s rhetoric was often littered with anti-Peul slurs.  And, now we know more about the massive fraud the Conde campaign used to ensure that the Peul, Diallo, would not be able to put a toe inside the presidential palace.   We know that the electoral commission, the CENI, was infected by Louceny Camara who began stealing votes from Diallo in the first round.  We know numerous election computers were sent out of the country to be tampered with in Conde’s favor.  We know that all manner of voter list, ballot and voting station fraud was set into motion by the Conde campaign to steal Diallo’s votes.  We know Conde received financing for his campaign from the Guinean government and we know that the government worked collaboratively with Conde in the commission of fraud.

Yet, it was shortly before the election, when we witnessed the lengths to which the Conde campaign would go when it debuted an audacious anti-Peul scheme which would end in death, destruction, and displacement of Peuls.   In early October, Conde stated that Peuls had poisoned his campaign supporters through water distributed during a rally in Conakry.  While it is true that some of his supporters did become sick at the rally, it was from eating yogurt that had gone bad, not “poisoned” water.  The bad yogurt,  distributed by a Malinke businessman and friend of Conde’s, did send some to the hospital.  To beef up his “poisoning” lie,” Conde  paid several of his supporters to go to the hospital and pretend to be sick.  The more arrivals at the hospital of “poisoned” patients, the more entrenched the lie became and the more agitated Malinke supporters of Conde became.  Instinctively, Guineans knew where this was heading — a violent Malinke attack on Peuls, but only Conde and his crew knew where and when. 

Days after the supposed “poisoning incident,” Dr. Diallo, superintendent of Donka hospital, stated that rather than poisoning, it appeared that patients had a reaction to food that had gone bad and that the illness did not appear to be serious.  Out of nowhere, Prime Minister Jean-Marie Dore condemned Dr. Diallo for her remarks and suspended her.  What had Dr. Diallo done wrong?  She gave her medical opinion and, because it ran counter to the “poisoning” hoax narrative, she was “disciplined” by Dore.  By intervening, the Prime Minister elevated a dangerous political campaign lie to a matter of state and, in doing so, the Guinean government formally adopted the position of pitting one ethnic group against another in which it knew there would be a violent attack.  That is ethnic cleansing.

The lie was repeated over and over and, in late October, the Conde campaign incited an attack by Malinkes in Siguiri and Kouroussa, highly populated with Peuls, most of whom were supporters of Diallo.  Further evidence of the state’s policy to support ethnic cleansing came when it lent its security forces, dressed in plain clothes, to attack Peuls side-by-side with Malinkes.  As we know now, several Peuls died, hundreds were injured, and hundreds of businesses and homes were burned.  The attack was so brutal and destructive that Peuls were forced to flee to other areas of the country.  Yet, immediately after the attack, it was not clear as to what advantage this offered Conde.  It became clear as election day approached:  the attack was designed to force thousands of Peuls to flee to other parts of the country in order to prevent them from voting in their home districts on election day, resulting in the disenfranchisement of thousands of supporters of Conde’s opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo.  Conde and the transitional government worked collaboratively to provoke a deadly civilian-military attack against Peuls — their fellow citizens.  This is state-sponsored ethnic cleansing

But, the template for ethnic targeting of Peuls came a year before on September 28, 2009, when a state-sponsored massacre and rape took place in and around a Conakry stadium filled with opposition demonstrators.  After a march, demonstrators headed to the stadium for a rally.  Guinean security forces waited for the stadium to fill, locked the doors and proceeded to fire upon, stab, and rape primarily Peuls.  Hundreds were killed, over a hundred women raped and tortured and Guineans, who have seen terrible violence in their country, had never witnessed before such wholesale carnage and mass violation of women.

The manner in which the soldiers raped women at the stadium provides a clue to one of the state’s primary objectives that day. Virtually all the women raped reported that their attackers used anti-Peul slurs.  The rapes were done outside, in the open which demonstrated the height of military impunity and determination to humiliate the women.  The rapists often stabbed women and cut off  breasts as well — mutilation is a particularly degrading form of violence and the psychological/physical effects remain forever.  Yet, the worst part came when their attackers used sticks and the barrel of guns to rape the women.  Some women were shot in the vagina.  It became clear, through the use of this technique, that the rapes were not just to intimidate, humilate or mutilate Peul women, but were meant to injure them so badly that many of them will never be able to bear children again.  This is ethnic cleansing through the womb.

Wikileaks cables reveal that the US, France, and Morocco did not want a quick ICC indictment of former military junta leader, Dadis Camara, for crimes committed on September 28, 2009, fearing a Guinean military uprising would disrupt the process they were putting in place for Guinea’s transition to a “democratic” government.  Nearly 15 months have passed since the stadium massacre and no one has been indicted.  By delaying ICC action, the West prevented timely punishment for the heinous stadium crimes, allowing impunity to become thoroughly institutionalized in Guinea’s military.  Is it any wonder then, in the post-electoral period, that commanding officers ordered extrajudicial executions of Peuls and rape of Peul women?  Is it any wonder that neither Konate, nor Dore, nor Conde condemned these military actions?

Most ethnic cleansing travesties begin in the same manner:  it starts out as jealousy, but quickly changes to hatred, especially when manipulated by governments intent on fanning the flames of violence of one ethnic group against another.  The perpetrators of the cleansing never see themselves as being able to overcome their hatred and are convinced that the only alternative is to eliminate their “foes.”  The stakes are even higher if the hated ethnic group outnumbers other ethnic groups.  This spawns paranoia and, when combined with hatred, the concoction is deadly.  While exact figures are not available, it is believed that the Peul ethnic group is much larger than the often reporterd 40 % of the population.  

Yet, as you would expect from a candidate who started out with only 18% of the vote in the first round running against a man with 44% , all of the Conde campaign’s fraud and killing and maiming and destruction of homes and businesses of Peuls, could not help him beat Diallo by the numbers.  While the Supreme Court selected Conde for the presidency, he continues campaigning on ethnic grounds.  Recently, on more than one occasion, he has stated that it is the Peul businessmen who are ruining the economy.  Will this be the first ethnic cleansing battleground?  Conde has an anti-Peul agenda and a Malinke military that will be only too happy to oblige.  After the September 28, 2009, massacre and rape of Peuls, after the post-electoral murder, maiming, and rape of Peuls by the military, and now with Conde, the man who instigated the electoral season’s ethnic cleansing attack in Siguiri and Kourroussa, who has just assumed the presidency, this is a very dangerous time for Peuls in Guinea — they will need all the help the Diaspora can offer.

And, the four young women discussed at the beginning of this post?  Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the US-based Amadou Diallo Foundation, they have been transferred to a medical facility in Senegal.  Before leaving Guinea they wanted to know if there would be police or military around them in Senegal.  They were relieved to hear that the answer was “no.”

Conde Planning Truth Commission on Violence: Shielding the Guilty and, Once Again, Robbing Guineans of Justice

Ethnic Peuls forced to flee parts of Guinea after the Conde campaign incited Malinke riots in which Peuls where killed, wounded and hundreds of businesses and house were destroyed.  Because of the displacement of the Peuls following the violence, virtually none of them were in their home districts to vote on election day.  With this, the Conde campaign achieved its goal of disenfranchising thousands of supporters of presidential candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo. 

Truth commissions are hollow places where governments retreat to avoid punishment as well as that of their proxy henchmen and where the aggrieved receive precious little satisfaction and no justice.  For hundreds of years, the process has been the same:  those who commit crimes are subject to a trial under the law and, if found guilty, are imprisoned. In cases like Rwanda and apartheid South Africa, where there were so many perpetrators and victims, establishing trials to determine the guilty were not always plausible.  The goal of truth commissions generally is to produce a modicum of social harmony so that people can “get on with their lives.”  But, does this happen?   Not really, because it never completes the necessary process for the victims to heal — punishment of the perpetrators.  Accounts from victims and/or their families in Rwanda have shown repeatedly that they wanted justice in a court of law, incarceration of the criminals so that they are prevented from committing similar crimes in the future, and the use of imprisonment as a deterrent to others considering similar crimes.

In the following article by Saliou Samb of Reuters Africa, who wrote most of Conde’s campaign propaganda for Western consumption, we get a glimpse of the script that Alpha Conde will use for his truth commission.  By imposing a truth commission on Guineans, Conde does not intend to ease the pain of ethno-political violence as he claims, but to shield current military and national officials from indictment by the International Criminal Court.  Their liability spans from the September 28, 2009, massacre to the Conde-/ state-orchestrated murder and pillaging in Siguri and Kouroussa in late October and through to the last Guinean shot by state security forces after provisional electoral results were announced on November 15.  All of these atrocities were state-sponsored attacks in which the Peul ethnic group was targeted and none are the result of ethnic “clashes,” as Mr. Samb so often  maintains.  

Rather than explaining how a truth commission might work , Mr. Samb spends nearly half of the article treating us to a gruesome recitation of the state-sponsored crimes of Sekou Toure.  He also refers briefly to transgressions by Lansana Conte and Dadis Camera’s responsibility for the September 28, 2009 massacre.  But Toure and Conte are dead and unlikely to show up at the Truth Commission and we have known for a long time that Mr. Camara, will have to answer to the ICC.  But, something strange is going on in that Mr. Samb does not mention any of the recent election-related crimes.  Once again, rather than reporting, Mr. Samb is framing the truth commission discussion for us. By inundating us with the horrors of  Guinea’s first three presidents and not a word about the atrocities of 2010, is he suggesting that the election-related crimes pale in comparison?  Of course he is.  If the 2010 atrocities are placed on the Truth Commission’s agenda, it will be the first step in implicating the primary perpetrators of those crimes:  Konate, Dore and Conde himself.

-The bottom line on the Truth Commission is that the most recent crimes will not be addressed, Dadis Camara will be taken care of outside the Commission process at the ICC for September 28, 2009, (even though Sekouba Konate, as Defense Minister at the time, should be at the ICC with Camara because he must have known what was afoot) and Conde will select a few military men to publically express forgiveness to victims of September 28 and that will be it.

-Contrary to Samb’s statement that human rights groups will see Conde’s Truth Commmission as a positive step, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group and others have observed enough in Guinea to know that, before it even starts, the Truth Commission is a hoax. 

-Keep an eye on Mr. Samb regarding future articles on this topic.  Samb is very good at sewing together a public image for Conde and, as such, he only writes about what Mr. Conde wants you to know.

Guinea’s Conde plans truth commission on violence

Sat Dec 4, 2010 10:37pm GMT

* Truth and reconciliation process modelled on South Africa

* New leader says forgiveness will be important step

By Saliou Samb

CONAKRY, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Guinea will form a truth and reconciliation commission aimed at healing the wounds of ethnic and political violence that has plagued the West African country for decades, President-elect Alpha Conde said on Saturday.

The move will be modelled on South Africa’s post-apartheid commission formed by Nelson Mandela and is likely to be well received by human rights groups which have condemned the country’s repeated spasms of violence.

This is “so that those who have made mistakes can ask forgiveness and that victims can accept this forgiveness”, Conde said on state television, days after Guinea’s Supreme Court validated his win in a hotly contested Nov. 7 poll in which voters largely followed ethnic lines.

“I know that forgiveness does not replace the dead or the arms that were chopped off, but it’s an important step.”

Conde, winner of Guinea’s first free election since independence from France in 1958, said reconciliation was critical to rebuilding the poor and unstable country.

Guinea, the world’s top exporter of the aluminium ore bauxite, has seen numerous bouts of violence over past decades. At least 10 people died in election clashes last month.

Among the most grim examples, former dictator and first post-independence leader Sekou Toure’s Camp Boiro still stands in the capital Conakry. Rights group Amnesty International says more that 50,000 political detainees died in horrendous conditions in the prison, now a military camp.

“DARK DIET”

According to some witnesseses, Toure’s prisoners were locked into cells where they were given neither food nor water and their screams were ignored until they died — a slow form of execution the regime called the ‘dark diet”.

Conde himself was sentenced to death in absentia by Toure’s regime, after he was implicated in a coup plot.

Under Lansana Conte, Guinea’s second post-independence leader, at least 130 protesters were shot dead by soldiers in downtown Conakry. Nearly two years of military rule followed his death in 2008.

Last year, now-exiled junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara drew condemnation after his security forces killed more than 150 pro-democracy demonstrators and raped scores of women gathered in a stadium.

The violence is widely believed to have been driven in part by centuries-old tensions between the country’s two most populous ethnic groups, the Peul and the Malinke.

The United Nations’ top official in West Africa has urged Guinea’s next government to put reconciliation high on the agenda and end the perceived impunity of its notoriously indisciplined army. (Writing by Richard Valdmanis, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

GUINEA: Land, Sea, and River Borders Closed

(AFP) – 5 hours ago

CONAKRY — Guinea’s interim leader said Saturday the country’s borders had been closed, 10 days after a state of emergency was imposed until the release of final presidential election results.

“From today, November 27, all land, sea and river borders of the Republic of Guinea are closed for immigration, on the entire national territory and until further notice,” said a statement by interim Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore read on state radio.

“No emigration is authorised without special agreement by the authorities,” it added.

No further details were given.

Guinea imposed a state of emergency on November 17 after post-election violence that left at least seven people dead in three days.

The proclamation of provisional results declaring opposition leader Alpha Conde the victor angered supporters of defeated candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The state of emergency was to be lifted once final results are announced by the supreme court — at the latest on Thursday.

Guinea’s interim president General Sekouba Konate meanwhile dismissed deputy armed forces chief Aboubakar Sidiki Camara, but no reason was given in a radio announcement.

Konate is currently on a private visit in Morocco for health reasons and was expected to return to Guinea on Tuesday.

EU Electoral Observation Mission Head Flies Into a Hornet’s Nest Re: Ethnic Cleansing — Let’s Keep Him There

Late last night, Guinea Oye! posted an update on the Guinea election which included several news stories.  One story stands out from the others because it provides a clue as to why the international community will most likely be in unison to support the outcome of this outrageously fraudulent election.  Here is the story we posted  last night about Alexander Von Lambsdorff, Chief of the EU electoral observation mission in Guinea followed by additional analysis from Guinea Oye!

-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.  

 Additional comment: 

After further thought, it is clear that the international community, while anxious for Guinea to hold elections, is far more interested in having Konate remain a fixture in the country to keep its huge military under wraps.  The election is secondary and the only thing that matters is that it is concluded quickly, not whether it is conducted in a democratic fashion.  Interestingly enough, at a recent US Institute of Peace panel discussion about Guinea, William Fitzgerald, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, US State Department, repeatedly emphasized a point that rings more true now ever.  He admitted that the US was more concerned about Guinea’s huge military than anything else, including the election.

When Konate was first informed by the international community that was to put on a “democratic” election, he began strategizing about how to get out of it. The answer was simple:  punt the election to the Prime Minister and the presidential candidate, whom the transitional government would anoint as the next president, Alpha Conde. In addition to receiving lucrative funding from the transitional government for his campaign, Conde had access to all aspects of the electoral process including computers,voter registration lists, ballots, voting cards and his expert on voter fraud, Lounceny Camara, at the electoral commission .  While there is no dispute that Diallo won the election, he has no chance of being named the winner.  Regardless of the final numbers, the transitional government was hellbent on putting Alpha Conde at the helm of the country and an international community, with formidable intelligence services, knew all about it. 

Now, it is obvious that the international community wants Konate to stay past the election to babysit the army and this is why, even before final election results are announced, Konate stated he would be glad to serve as Minister of  Defense if Conde asked him. This seemingly premature and somewhat abrupt announcement was not meant for general consumption, rather it was a targeted message to reassure restless soldiers that he would be around for a while.  What Konate gets from pretending to put on a democratic election and a vow to continue “managing” the military in the Conde administration, is a detour away from the International Criminal Court for crimes committed in the September 2009 massacre.  And, this is where Mr. Von Lamsdorff statements about ethnic cleansing come in.

Von Lambsdorff’s responsibility is to use the heft of the EU to obliterate detailed evidence gathered by international human rights organizations that the Guinean army specifically targeted unarmed Peuls, shot them, killing several and wounding hundreds.  A similar scenario played out in the arrest and detainment of prisoners by state security forces during this  same time period — virtually all were Peul.  Lambsdorff’s job was to destroy the validity of the evidence collected by Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group to prevent it from becoming an integral part of the ICC’s deliberations.  Otherwise the evidence could bring down a carefully built house of cards in which the international community forged a cozy and shameful relationship with Konate which might possibly leave him out in the cold with nothing but a one-way ticket to The Hague.  More than anything, the international community fears the reaction of Guinea’s 50,000 soldier army should Konate be hauled away in handcuffs along with some of his commanding officers thrown in the trunk for the ride. 

The problem with Von Lambsdorff, like most people coming from a superior stance, he thinks no one will catch on to what he is trying to do.  Two Guinean websites had skewered him already by early this morning and no doubt more are in the hopper.   Von Lambsdorff’s arrogance, caused him not to do his homework.  Ethnically-targeted violence is part of the fabric of Guinea.  Yet, Von Lambsdorff, in an attempt to carry the EU’s water by trying to discredit international human rights groups, should have known that it would be a great insult to the people of Guinea to say that state security forces did not engage in  systematic targeting of the Peul in the government crackdown after the preliminary results were announced.  Does Von Lambsdorff not know or not care that ethnic cleansing has a very recent precedent in Guinea?  All studies on the military massacre and rape of opposition supporters on September 28, 2009, have concluded that the military repeatedly used anti-Peul epithets when conducting their crimes and told their victims they were being harmed because they are Peul.  Does Von Lambsdorff not realize that equally revealing and damaging evidence exists of the state-sponsored ethnic-targeting in the most recent spate of violence? 

Mr. Von Lambsdorff, lie to your wife, your boss, or your kids, but do not come to another country about which you understand little and lie about something as serious and traumatic as ethnically-targeted violence.  Too many Guineans have died, too many women have been destroyed by rape, and too many families are in mourning for you to lie in an attempt to keep Konate and his high-ranking officers out of prison and to hold a murderous military in abeyance.  You owe the people of Guinea a public apology.

Finally, a quick word about Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group.  It is because of both of these organizations that the world knows the truth about September 28, 2009, and now, post-electoral violence in Guinea.  We are sure that both organizations will respond to Von Lambsdorff’s accusations and any respone they produce will by posted on this blog.  Oh yes, and Mr. Lambsdorff,  you owe these two groups a public  apology as well.

GUINEA ELECTION UPDATE: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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.

THE GOOD

-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.