Sep 28, 2009 Massacre: Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon ThankYou Letter to High Commissioner of the UN for Human Rights (EN-FR)

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon – Letter of thanks to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights.

To the Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein.
Our organization Pottal-Fii-Bhantal, over 7 years old, has setup a special program, JUSTICE IN GUINEA, in order to end impunity in our country, Guinea. We applaud whole-heartily your statement on September 28, 2014, on the fifth anniversary of the massacres of 2009, urging the Guinean government for tangible measures regarding officers who have been accused of crimes against humanity. On behalf of the countless victims who live abandoned, as they sustain hope for justice that no national authority seems to be willing to afford them, we thank you. Our members and supporters welcome your honorable position against the unacceptable presence of officers accused of crimes against humanity in the government of the Republic, which is in agreement with what Pottal Fii-Bhantal has pleaded in recent years.

The political irresponsibility of protecting known criminals and despising the victims has been a common source of civil wars, to which, unfortunately, Guinea is no longer immune. The policy of the ruling party is in this logic of reinforcing ethnic divisions, denial of justice and violation of laws. These systems of government inspired from the former totalitarian and military dictatorship regimes that littered Guinea’s history, is the very root of the criminal negligence that Mr. Alpha Condé displays, not the least, the mismanagement of the outbreak of Ebola that has rapidly spread to neighboring countries, and is in the verge of becoming a worldwide disaster.

Mr. Condé’s endless elusive practices to avoid blame for his notorious lack of responsibility are well known. Experience has shown that ordinary Diplomatic pressure has no effect on his autocratic mentality. To that matter, all observers agree that his discredited government is maliciously attempting to hide behind the urgency of the fight against the rampant Ebola to, once again, evade the repeated calls of every human right organization, for action in favor of true justice in Guinea.

On the basis of the increasingly hopeless situation in Guinea, our organization joined by all its grassroots supports, is coming to appeal to your institution for help to expedite the referral of the 2009’s crimes to the ICC. Given the well-known manipulative habits of Mr. Condé, your own appeal would be abided only if it is accompanied with targeted sanctions imposed on his close entourage and himself. The alternative recourse may well be to seek the support of the UN Security Council, by introducing a draft resolution for strict travel ban and freeze of assets, applied to all officials and military officers accused of crimes against humanity and obstruction of justice in Guinea.

Recurrence of endless repressive regimes in Guinea has resulted in economic misery, civic destitution and lingering despairs that are increasingly leading to the collapse of the Statehood itself. All actions to foster justice you would be part of, will contribute in stopping the inexorable descent of Guinea into the chaos of civil war and genocide, whose effects would be devastating for West Africa; especially in these times of epidemics.

As we reiterate our high hope for your early consideration of our plea for help, we remain available for any information that you would deem necessary to assist for your effective action.

Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, please find here the expression of our highest consideration and best regards.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTA-DJALLON

 

 

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon – Lettre de remerciements à Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, Haut-Commissaire des Nations-Unies aux Droits de l’homme
À l’honorable Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein.

Notre organisation Pottal Fii-Bhantal- créée il y a plus de 7 ans – a mis en place un programme spécial, JUSTICE EN GUINÉE, pour mettre fin à l’impunité dans notre pays, la Guinée. À ce titre, nous venons par la présente lettre vous féliciter du fond des cœurs pour votre déclaration en date du 28 Septembre 2014, à l’occasion du cinquième anniversaire des massacres de 2009, exhortant le gouvernement guinéen à des mesures concrètes en ce qui concerne les agents qui ont été accusés de crimes contre l’humanité. Au nom d’innombrables victimes qui vivent dans l’abandon, avec un espoir de justice qu’aucune autorité nationale ne semble prête à leur octroyer, nous vous remercions. Nos membres et sympathisants saluent votre position honorable contre la présence inacceptable des officiers accusés de crimes contre l’humanité dans le gouvernement de la République, qui est en accord avec ce que Pottal Fii-Bhantal a demandé ces dernières années.

L’irresponsabilité politique qui consiste à protéger des criminels connus et à mépriser les victimes a été une source commune de guerres civiles, dont la Guinée n’est plus à l’abri, malheureusement. La politique du parti au pouvoir s’inscrit dans cette logique d’accentuation des divisions ethniques, de déni de justice et de violation des lois. Ces systèmes de gouvernement inspirés des anciens régimes de dictature totalitaire et militaire qui ont jonché l’histoire de la Guinée, expliquent la négligence criminelle qu’affiche M. Alpha Condé, dont la mauvaise gestion de l’épidémie d’Ébola qui s’est rapidement propagée aux pays voisins, et est en passe de devenir une catastrophe mondiale.

Les pratiques évasives de M. Condé d’éviter le blâme pour son irresponsabilité sont bien connues. L’expérience a montré que la pression diplomatique ordinaire n’a aucun effet sur sa mentalité d’autocrate. Pour cette raison, tous les observateurs s’accordent à dire que son gouvernement discrédité tente malicieusement de se cacher derrière l’urgence de la lutte contre le virus Ébola sévit pour encore une fois, éviter de répondre aux appels répétés de toutes les organisations des droits de l’homme, en faveur d’action pour une vraie justice en Guinée.

Eût égard à la situation de plus en plus désespérée de la Guinée, notre organisation en concertation avec sa base, vient faire appel à votre institution pour accélérer le renvoi des crimes de 2009 à la CPI. Compte tenu des habitudes de manipulation bien connues de M. Condé, votre appel ne sera respecté que s’il est accompagné de sanctions ciblées, imposées à son entourage proche et lui-même. L’ultime recours pourrait bien être de demander l’appui du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies, par l’introduction d’un projet de résolution d’interdiction stricte de voyage et le gel des avoirs à tous les fonctionnaires et officiers de l’armée accusés de crimes contre l’humanité et d’obstruction de la justice en Guinée.

La récurrence sans fin de régimes répressifs en Guinée a entraîné la misère économique, la destitution civique et de persistants désespoirs qui de plus en plus conduisent à l’effondrement de la notion de nation elle-même. Toutes les actions visant à favoriser la justice, dont vous seriez partie, contribueront à arrêter la descente inexorable de la Guinée vers le chaos de la guerre civile et le génocide, dont les effets seraient dévastateurs pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest; surtout en ces temps d’épidémies.

Tout en vous réitérant notre grand espoir la prise en votre compte de notre appel à l’aide, nous restons à votre disposition pour toute information que vous jugez nécessaire pour votre action efficace.

Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, veuillez trouver ici l’expression de notre haute considération et de nos meilleures salutations.

LA COMMISSION CENTRALE DE POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTA-DJALLON

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Torture : la Guinée interpellée par les Nations Unies à Genève!

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mer, 28 mai 2014, 16:36 Posté Par Thierno Brel Barry La Une, Le monde, News 1 6204

Torture : la Guinée interpellée par les Nations Unies à Genève!

En marge de la 52ème session du comité de lutte contre la torture qui s’est tenu à Genève le 28 avril dernier, des observations finales sur les rapports examinés durant cette session ont été rendus public cette semaine.

La session portait sur la convention contre la torture et autres peines ou traitements cruels, inhumains ou dégradants. Pendant cette session, la délégation guinéenne était conduite par son ministre des droits de l’Homme et des libertés publiques, Gassama Diaby. Il a sejourné en Suisse du 6 au 7 mai dernier devant le comité et avait présenté le jour même, le rapport initial devant ledit comité. Il faut souligner que ce rapport dont Guineenews s’est procuré copie, n’était pas conforme à la ligne directrice du comité en matière de présentation d’un rapport initial. Le comité a déploré, le fait que le gouvernement ait présenté le jour même son rapport, ce qui a empêché, le comité d’analyser à temps les documents, quand bien même, que le rapport n’était pas traduit dans les langues de travail des Nations Unies, chose à revoir pour la prochaine fois pour l’image de l’État guinéen. Pourtant, le comité attendait ce rapport de la Guinée depuis près de 25 ans.

Malgré ces quelques manquements, le comité s’est félicité des échanges très francs et directs qu’il a eus avec la délégation guinéenne, qui a présenté la situation et les problèmes auxquels, notre pays est confronté et a apporté des réponses orales, pendant l’examen, aux questions posées par les membres du comité.

Au terme de cette session qui s’est déroulée sous la présidence de M. Claudio Grossman, le comité s’est penché à examiner, à huis clos, des informations semblant indiquer des actes de tortures qui seraient pratiqués en Guinée. Ce qui a permis au comité d’émettre quelques recommandations à l’Etat guinéen.

Aspects positifs à retenir :

Le comité a salué les séries décisions prises par l’État depuis 1990 jusqu’à aujourd’hui, pour dire que l’administration est une continuité.
Il faut noter entre autres, la ratification du protocole additionnel à la convention relative aux droits civils et politiques, le 17 juin 1993 ;
La création de l’Observatoire nationale de la démocratie et des droits de l’Homme par décret du Premier ministre, le 12 juin 2008 ;
La création du ministère des droits de l’Homme et des libertés publiques
La création du ministère des droits de l’Homme et des libertés publiques, en octobre 2012 ;
La création d’une « commission provisoire de réconciliation nationale » ; etc.…

Aspects négatifs et préoccupations

Rappelant le gouvernement sur ses obligations à la lutte contre la torture et aux mauvais traitements inhumains ou dégradants. Le comité regrette l’absence de disposition légales spécifique sur l’interdiction de la torture et des mauvais traitements. Le cycle de l’impunité doit être brisé, les auteurs des crimes doivent être traduits en justice, les droits et la dignité des victimes réhabilités. La violation des droits de l’Homme est récurrente en Guinée, sans aucune responsabilité ou réparation ne soit jamais intervenue. Seul le cas d’une jurisprudence « Ministère Public contre le Margis-Chef de la gendarmerie Momo Bangoura et consorts » a été salué par le comité.

Le comité se préoccupe des informations très crédibles qu’ils ont faisant cas d’actes de torture, pratiqués dans les prisons, les gendarmeries et les camps de détention militaires. Un certain nombre de cas des personnes qui ont subi les actes de torture ont été nommé et les actes ont été fermement condamnés il s’agît entre autres , le cas d’Alhousseine Camara torturé en octobre 2011, Ibrahima Bah et Sékouba Keita tous torturés en février 2012, Ibrahima sow, Aboubacar Soumah torturé et décédé en 2012, de Balla Condé et de Tafsir Sylla torturés et décédés respectivement en décembre 2013 et février 2014.

Les évènements du 28 septembre au Stade

Le comité est très préoccupé par ces évènements du 28 septembre 2009 au stade, qualifié par la commission d’enquête internationale des Nations unies sur la Guinée de crime contre l’humanité. Il se dit préoccupé par le fait que certaines personnes, inculpées par les autorités guinéennes pour les violations flagrantes des droits de l’Homme, perpétrés durant ces évènements, soient membres du gouvernement actuel, à l’instar du Colonel Claude Pivi, Ministre chargé de la sécurité présidentielle et de Moussa Thiegboro Camara, Secrétaire d’État.

Indépendance du pouvoir Judiciaire :

Le comité est préoccupé par l’instrumentalisation du système judiciaire et s’inquiète de l’absence d’indépendance effective du corps judiciaire.

Le comité est également préoccupé que le conseil de la magistrature Supérieur soit présidé par le Président de la République, ce qui engendre une apparence de dépendance au pouvoir exécutif.

Mutilations génitales féminines

Le comité note avec grande préoccupation, la déclaration de la délégation guinéenne attestant qu’aucune poursuite ni condamnation n’ont été, à ce jour, entreprises par la loi contre ces pratiques.

Recommandations

Le comité suggère au gouvernement des recommandations dont entre autres :

* Réaffirmer publiquement et sans ambiguïté le caractère absolu, indélogeable et intangible de la torture.

* Veiller, impérativement, à ce que toutes les violations des droits de l’Homme commises durant les évènements du stade du 28 septembre, notamment les cas de torture et de violation sexuelle, fassent systématiquement l’objet d’enquêtes et de poursuites promptes, impartiales et approfondies afin de garantir que les victimes obtiennent vérité, justice et réparation, conformément à la convention et au statut de Rome ratifié en 2000 par la Guinée

* Suspendre de leurs fonctions, durant toute la durée de l’enquête, les membres des forces de sécurité suspectés pour les violations graves des droits de l’Homme perpétrées durant les évènements de Conakry, tout en s’assurant que le principe de présomption d’innocence soit observé

* Enquêter et veiller à ce que personne ne soit détenu dans les lieux de détention secrets ou non officiels, empêcher toute forme de détentions illégales sur son territoire et mener des enquêtes sur les allégations faisant état de tels faits ;; – Renforcer, de toute urgence, les mesures visant à prévenir et éliminer la pratique de la mutilation génitale féminine, en veillant à une application effective de sa législation à ce sujet, en conformité avec la convention, notamment en facilitant le dépôt de plaintes par les victimes, en menant des enquêtes rapides et effectives et en poursuivant et punissant les responsables par des sanctions appropriées en fonction de la gravité de leur crime ;

* Mener une campagne de sensibilisation nationale sur la traite des êtres humains et dispenser une formation aux agents de forces de l’ordre ;
Il faut rappeler que la prochaine session se déroulera du 3 au 28 novembre 2014 à Genève.

Guineenews: Bah Oury “Cellou and I do not have the same vision, we do not have the same political orientation” (FR-EN)

BAHOURYBAH OURY
This is a Guineenews interview with Bah Oury, Executive Vice-President of the UFDG. After Alpha Conde attempted to frame Bah Oury as the mastermind of a “fake” attack on Conde’s home on July 18-19, 2011, Bah Oury received word that military soldiers were on their way to kill him.  He was forced to flee Guinea and unable to return for fear of his life.  He lives in exile in France.
 

The following link will take you to the French version.  The English translation was created via Google and appears further below

Exclusif – Bah Oury : « Cellou et moi n’avons pas la même vision des choses, nous n’avons pas la même orientation politique »

 

Exclusive – Bah Oury “Cellou and I do not have the same vision, we do not have the same political orientation”

Invited to Amsterdam in the Netherlands by the movement justice Oury Bah in order to facilitate a debate on human rights in Guinea, the first vice-president of the UFDG, has spent much of the evening answer questions about the rather strained relationships with the current leader of the second political force, Cellou Dallein Diallo. Activists UFDG seem not to understand why their positions between president and vice president are slow to bring the unity of their party. Ultimately, Oury Bah assured the activists UFDG he is ready to do its best to sit at the round table with Dallein Cellou Diallo, chat with him and then again on new bases with a roadmap. At the end of the discussion, he answered questions from Guineenews ©. Read!

© Guineenews: Mr. Oury Bah, you’re the first vice president of the UFDG. You are here in the Netherlands at the invitation of Justice Movement Bah Oury. Can we know the objectives of your visit to Holland?

Bah Oury: There are two things. First, meet the Guinean community living here, since this is the first time I’m in Amsterdam. And as you you realized the discussion was fruitful, friendly and honest with representatives of the Guinean community. Secondly, it is to meet with officials of the International Criminal Court to discuss the evolution of the situation of human rights in Guinea since the arrival of Mr. Alpha Condé to power. Trying to link the massacres that took place on 28 September 2009 and then continued the same policy during the last three years with Zogota massacres, slaughters in Forest Guinea, 14, 15 and 16 July and also with the elimination of fifty activists UFDG in peaceful protests that took place during the presidency of Mr. Alpha Condé.

© Guineenews: This afternoon (Sunday, November 3, note) you have facilitated a debate on Human Rights, is what you feel as a victim of injustice? If so by whom and why?

Bah Oury: Please ask me. I’m a fighter for democracy and freedom. So I know the sacrifice that must be paid for all those who engage resolutely in this fight. I personally do not consider myself a victim because I’m an actor, I’m a fighter and I know that there are sacrifices and sometimes the ultimate militants or combatants who are fighting for democracy and freedom sacrifices pay. I currently live in exile painfully, I understand and I assume, it does not make me regret what I’m doing, instead it reinforces my position and my commitment to fight for the advent real democracy in Guinea. This fight, I am engaged me in a long time.

© Guineenews: What are the legal means you have to repair this injustice?

Bah Oury: As I said, I’m a fighter. I work for democratic change in Guinea, a real democratic change. My strength and energy are directed in this fight. Means that I use, it is the legal means, the awareness and bring people to realize to take its destiny in its hands to demand real change, even that it brings the departure of Mr. Alpha Condé.

Speaking of human rights, as was the subject of the debate you just animate. Recently thirty youths were arrested in Conakry and taken to a camp in the country. These young people have testified after their release they have suffered all kinds of torture and humiliation. In fact one of them did not survive. What do you comment on that?

As soon as I learned this with those in the country, we organized to inform the international public opinion that there are atrocities that are being committed against thirty young. I am pleased that the combined efforts between grassroots activists and those who are outside helped alert international opinion. All this shows the need for Guineans feel more challenged by the question of human rights in 50 years because this country live in appalling abuses on the part of leaders in place. And all this, I relaterai at the International Criminal Court. Continue reading “Guineenews: Bah Oury “Cellou and I do not have the same vision, we do not have the same political orientation” (FR-EN)”

Bah Oury Heads to The Hague to Meet with ICC Authorities Concerning Human Rights Abuses and Impunity in Guinea

BAHOURYBah Oury, VP of the UFDG opposition party

Press Release: the Justice Movement Bah Oury:  Bah Oury to Visit the ICC

2013-10-25 8:03:08

The Justice Movement Bah Oury is pleased to inform the Guinean community in Belgium, Holland and across Europe that Mr Bah Oury, the first Vice-President of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, will visit The Hague on 04 November 2013.

This visit is part of an interview with the authorities of the International Criminal Court on the issues of human rights and impunity in Guinea. The Justice Movement Bah Oury will take this opportunity to ask the International Criminal Court to require the Guinean authorities to try all those responsible for human rights violations alleged in Guinea.

In addition, Mr Bah Oury will use the trip to meet with the Guinean community of Holland on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Amsterdam. Bah Oury and Guineans from Holland will discuss the socio-political situation in the country.

Contacts and address:

Holland phone: 0031 685 70 58 69

Belgium phone: 0032 492 19 18 49

Address: Potgieterstraat 34, 1053 Amsterdam.

The Justice Movement Bah Oury.

Young Conakry Citizens, Illegally Detained, Have Been Freed from Their Kankan Military Prison Camp and Are Back Home with Families (2010 VIDEOS)

Happening more quickly than many people thought, the wonderful news is that the young men, arbitrarily arrested in Conakry and incarcerated at a military camp near the end of September, are now free.  Two young men remain at the camp and hopefully we will learn more about their fate soon. 

Kudos to the attorney for the youth, Alseny Aissata Diallo, who moved quickly and spoke passionately on their behalf.  It appears that the Ministry of Human Rights played a large role in the release of these youth, as well as the US embassy in Conakry.

Detailed article, in French and English, further below, after the videos.

Stay tuned . . . 

 

TWO VIDEOS FROM 2010, A FEW DAYS AFTER ELECTION, SHOWING STATE SECURITY REPRESSION OF PEUL YOUTH –  REGARDLESS OF WHEN IT HAPPENS- ITS THE SAME OLD REPRESSION

FOSSEPEL ROUND-UP & HUMILIATION OF PEUL BOYS MAKING THEM STRIP OFF CLOTHES 11-17-2010

BOY PHYSICALLY ABUSED AND FALSELY ACCUSED OF HAVING KNIFE 11-17-2010

 

(Translation to English via Google and editing by Guinea Oye)

Thirty youth according to the lawyer and half that according to other sources, arrested in late September 2013 in pre-election violence in Conakry and transferred to Kankan, 660 km away, were finally released thanks to the involvement of the Ministry of Human Rights and U.S. diplomatic representation. Your online daily returns to the circumstances of their arrest and release.

When asked, Alsény Aissata Diallo, the victims’ lawyer, confirmed the facts. “My clients have actually returned to their respective families. Of the 30, only two are held today. I admit that their release was not easy. It took a knock at the door of the Ministry of Human Rights and the U.S. embassy. It is only after these steps that strict instructions were given to free them. “ 
This information was confirmed by another well-informed source, who reported that when the President of the Republic would have been informed of this situation, the tenant of Sékoutouréya Palace would have ordered the immediate liberation and return of the young people. 

Negotiations and release

And when you ask Master Diallo’s about the pattern of the arrests, the lawyer speaks of both “arbitrary and illegal.” “I see no reason for this in any case legally. If any crime is to my clients was criticized, I think we are in a state of law. The police are there, the police also. It was enough to follow the procedure. I wonder why free citizens have been wrongfully arrested and shipped the next day and by night to a military camp 600 kilometers. “

Asked a near victim support after the arrest in Conakry, the youths were nightly embedded in Kankan, in a military camp. “During their journey, they were asked to lie on their back in the trucks transporting them as they passed through each city so as not to be identified. They slapped and knocked them around.”

Once alerted, regulars of the Ministry of Human Rights reported that their boss referred his employees to family members who could provide more information. During the discussion, the Minister assured his interlocutors of his will and determination to make every effort to return the youth in question and ensure that justice is done.

Similarly, the Minister of Human Rights has also promised to personally ensure that all families find their children. “I do not know what these young people have done or not. What is clear, that in their treatment, our laws have not been met. It’s a shame, since they assume is really something that only the judge can and must establish is a risk to society that they are not punished. But this risk is the public authority that is taken by the company, acting outside the legal principles, “a frame-up.”

Shortly after this meeting, the young people were actually released and embarked from Kankan for PM3 Matam.   An interview with a witness who participated in their arrival confirms. “They are mechanics, a doctor, students …. It was neither selective nor specific. What struck me the most, they were so hungry, they could not eat the offered e Minister of Human Rights menu. They were not tortured, certainly, but some had not showered for a week. They really stank. “

In Matam,, the Minister of Human Rights reportedly told police that when questioning those accused of committing a misdemeanor or a felony, that a transfer to another location, outside any judicial control is not in accordance with law or the rights of man. “You are there to ensure the safety of Guinea and Guineans, but in compliance with the laws and rights including respect for human dignity. Otherwise, you weaken,social justice and peace. “

Still Matam, the minister said the youth and their families to the police that he is against any form of impunity, which is young or old, the opposition or the side of power, regardless of its origin or political opinion, adding that any punishment not included within the strict framework of the law, without other considerations, would be a threat to democracy, social peace and human rights. “Such a process is in place to consolidate and legitimize public power weakens and undermines the social fabric and the democratic ideal,” he was informed.

And finally, the minister said that such a practice contrary to the principles of the rule of law and human rights, must be strictly avoided in the interest of the state itself and thus of society, and the perpetrators must be held accountable in court. “It is essential to give meaning and body to the idea of state law, which means that nobody is above the law, or those who are governed or those who govern, or the young, or those who act on behalf of the State, that principle does not weaken the state, on the contrary it strengthens the kidney and its legitimate authority. “

Until we know more, many Guineans are now worried. “In the past, when the police making arrests, the suspects carted it to the police. This time, families have found  their youth close to 700 kilometers in a military camp. This is sobering. Is this a method being tested? I do not know but I’m afraid that to happen again,” growls a family member.

Reaction NGOs

Among the structures that express concern is the Research Institute on Democracy and Rule of Law (IRDED), a non-governmental human rights organization in Guinea. The group in a statement to authorities, sought the involvement of Friends of Guinea countries, given the situation of the “arrest” of citizens without cause.

Continuing, IRDED said the Guinean government must immediately bring to justice all those involved in the kidnapping of citizens in a military camp. “This time the perpetrators are known and identified. Justice must be at the risk of discredit to the citizens. “

Moreover, IRDED promises not simply to denounce these kinds of practices, but also to help prevent their recurrence by ensuring that all citizens are safe at home, at work and on the street ” Souleymane Balde told me.

In the same vein, the United Nations human rights is out of the woods to castigate this series of arrests of youth and moved 700 kilometers from Conakry.

Other NGOs defending human rights went beyond denunciations meeting, for example, the ministry. “The State has a duty to protect the public safety and tranquility, take a firm stand against all violence on the streets and in public spaces. But in a fair and legal manner. As minister of human rights, I am morally, politically and intellectually against all forms of alternative sanctions outside the legal framework, “said the minister.

“The fact that the treatment of these young people is considered non-compliant with the law, the fact they are back in Conakry and released is a victory. This victory is not you, or anyone, but the law. It is the victory of the law, “he concluded.

HR Groups, FIDH-OGDH Call Charge of Claude Pivi For Sept. 28 Crimes, “A Big Step for Guinean Justice”

claudepivi1Claude Pivi, in Battle Dress

Guineastadium9-28-09, Opposition supporters gathered for a rally at stadium when state security accompanied by foreign mercenaries closed exits and began shooting, stabbing and raping

[Article translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye]
Posted on June 28, 2013

Paris, Conakry, June 28, 2013 – Colonel Claude Pivi, head of presidential security, was formally charged yesterday by the judges in charge of the case on 28 September 2009. The day before, the General Ibrahima Balde, High Commander of the Gendarmerie was heard as a witness. Our organizations welcome this judicial advanced as expected by the civil parties than important for the judicial process and the Guinean justice.

The three judges assigned to investigate, since 1 February 2010, the case of September 28, indicted Colonel Claude Pivi for his role in the events at the stadium in Conakry, where at least 157 people were killed, and hundreds of women were raped. Mr. Pivi must now be heard on its merits, starting next week.

“Since the beginning of the investigation, the victims we assist in this procedure Claude Pivi feared that, due to his duties and his place in the military hierarchy, to escape justice. Yesterday, the judges have made a first response formally charging them. Mr. Pivi is innocent and he will now be able to prepare his defense, but it’s a first victory for the plaintiffs and more broadly in the fight against impunity in Guinea, “said Thierno Sow, president of the OGDH .

Claude Pivi was appointed Minister of Presidential Security by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, head of the military junta in Guinea between December 2008 and January 2010. Since then it has been kept at the head of this elite unit, he still heads today. According to the report of the International Commission of Inquiry set up after the fact, Mr. Claude Pivi was among those who “could be held criminally responsible for their involvement in the events of September 28 and the following days.”

GUINEA16In the days after the massacre at the stadium, Guineans search for dead relatives

Our organizations, a civil action in this case, the judges have sent items including sending the presence and potential liability of Mr. Pivi in ​​fact a very serious near the stadium and in various districts of Conakry, in the day September 28 and the days that followed.

FIDH OGDH the AVIPA and AFADIS who met the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague in May 2013 had expressed concern at some sluggishness in the judicial system, and relayed the growing impatience of the victims, nearly 4 years after the fact. The International Criminal Court, which placed the preliminary analysis in Guinea after the events of the stadium, led an eighth mission in Conakry in early June to assess the progress of the investigation and make recommendations.

“This case is an opportunity for the Guinean court to try those responsible for serious violations of human rights. The Guinea must seize this opportunity to restore victims’ rights and to strengthen a judicial system which has suffered from arbitrary decisions for five decades, “said Mr. Drissa Traoré, Vice-President of FIDH.

However, our organizations have expressed concern about the serenity of the judicial process and the safety of its participants or victims who testified in this case, because of the position held by Mr. Pivi today as Minister of Presidential Security. As our organizations had recommended for Colonel Moussa Tiegboro Oumar Camara, indicted in February 2012, or the commanding Sekou Resco Camara, Governor of Conakry, charged in a case of torture in February 2013, both of which have been maintained their government positions, we recommend that stakeholders take all steps to ensure the independence and impartiality of the judicial processes in respect of the right to a fair trial. We therefore invite you to consider setting aside of these officials, blamed for acts of exceptional gravity.

guinea9-28greenberetfoulahSept. 28, 2009 – Several Guineans were apprehended on this day and never been seen since

FIDH OGDH the AVIPA and AFADIS out that the Council of Human Rights of the United Nations adopted in its 23th session held in Geneva in June 2013, a resolution on Guinea, including encouraging the Guinean Government to “support the work of the panel of judges and expedite legal proceedings against those responsible for the events of 28 September 2009.”

“Alpha Condé has made 2013 the year of justice, which we welcomed. Today, at the end of the first half of this year, the Guinean justice sends a strong signal with its charge of Claude Pivi, as it did in February charging the Commander Sékou Resco Camara, in another case. However, the Guinean justice must go further and the government will give it an even greater support for the taking stock in December is positive. For the symbolic affairs of the fight against impunity for January and February 2007, 28 September 2009 has now been added to the violence that rages in Conakry, including demonstrations in recent weeks, “said Karim Lahidji, President of FIDH

“ALPHA CONDE MUST GO!!” (Video) Guineans Protest at White House, Tourists Film Images of Conde’s Horror and Carnage

Today, a determined and spirited group of Guineans gathered in front of the White House to condemn Alpha Conde for gross human rights abuses including summary executions, rape, and burning of homes and businesses.  Alpha Conde, who came to the presidency through fraud in 2010, created a nightmare in Guinea by flagrantly violating the constitution and national laws and embracing violence to repress citizens.  Dissent, through peaceful protest by the country’s opposition, is met with deadly force, often resulting in the murders of young Guinean boys and men. Conde advocates ethnic hatred and gives security forces and his  Malinke militias carte blanche to invade Peul neighborhoods to kill families in their homes, rape women, and destroy houses and businesses.  

 
And, today, at the White House the anti-Conde protesters had the proof! They held huge placards that showed bloody images of Conde’s carnage (see videos below).  Tourists, normally excited by the sight of the White House, were far more interested in the protest and turned their cameras toward the protesters, taking both video and pictures. The tourists were from all over the world and, when they return home, those images will then be spread across the globe.
 
Bravo to the good, brave people of Guinea who came out today and told their story to the world.