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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Visite de Mr. François Hollande en Guinée. Lettre ouverte de Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon

Visite de Mr.  François Hollande en Guinée. Lettre ouverte de Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon

New-York le 26 Novembre 2014.

À son Excellence, Mr. François Hollande, Président de la République Française.

Mr. Le président,

En Novembre 2012, vous avez fait une déclaration félicitant le président Alpha Condé pour les soi-disant performances économiques de la Guinée ainsi que les réformes des forces de sécurité. À cette occasion, notre organisation, Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon, vous avait adressé une lettre exprimant notre inquiétude sur le satisfecit et la caution morale que vous aviez donnés à Mr. Condé, tant votre appréciation était en porte-à-faux avec les réalités sur le terrain. Deux années après, alors que vous vous apprêtez à faire un bref séjour en Guinée, nous avons l’honneur de vous adresser encore une lettre pour vous exprimer notre préoccupation sur la détérioration de la situation dans notre pays.

Avant tout, à travers votre personne, nous voudrions adresser au peuple français, nos sentiments de gratitudes pour le support que la France a octroyé à la Guinée  dans le combat contre l’épidémie d’Ébola. Ce geste s’inscrit dans la longue tradition de coopération entre nos deux pays  que les vicissitudes politiques n’auront pas pu détériorer. En d’autres circonstances, Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon aurait appelé avec enthousiasme à une forte mobilisation pour que votre visite soit non seulement célébrée  mais aussi un tremplin pour une plus fructueuse  coopération. Toutefois, depuis notre lettre de 2012, la situation en Guinée n’a fait qu’empirer. Tous les observateurs s’accordent sur le fait que la Guinée est devenue un pays à haut-risques avec tous les facteurs d’une guerre civile, voire d’un génocide. La misère grandissante des populations est le terreau sur lequel le gouvernement sème des tensions sociales et ethniques artificielles pour détourner l’attention des citoyens.

L’arrivée au pouvoir de Mr. Alpha Condé, en dépit des irrégularités et des violences  qui marquèrent la campagne présidentielle, avait fait espérer que la Guinée allait rompre avec son passé de violence politique. Force est de constater qu’en trois ans, Mr. Alpha Condé a ruiné le capital politique que les élections lui avaient donné. Mr. Condé a renforcé la culture d’impunité qui, pour se perpétuer, a besoin d’exacerber le clientélisme ethnocentrique.  Pour se maintenir, le régime s’est condamné à s’assurer la complicité d’officiers militaires accusés de crimes contre l’humanité  pour leur participation dans les tueries et viols de Septembre 2009. Du fait de ce laxisme, il est possible que dans la garde d’honneur en charge de vous accueillir  à Conakry, il y ait des officiers responsables de ces crimes. Mr. Condé est resté sourd aux appels internationaux et aux demandes multiples des citoyens guinéens, notamment des victimes et de leur familles, pour démettre les accusés de crimes contre l’humanité de leurs fonctions officielles. En Octobre 2014, Mr. Condé a indiqué avoir demandé aux «blancs» d’abandonner le dossier du 28 Septembre. Il marque ainsi son  explicite opposition à toute poursuite  du processus judiciaire contre les auteurs de ces crimes. À cette  troublante provocation s’ajoutent de nombreux crimes  par les forces de sécurité du président Condé. À ce jour aucun officier n’a été inculpé pour les crimes  contre des dizaines de manifestants dans la préparation des élections législatives ni ceux qui les suivirent. À Zogota, des populations furent massacrées dans leur sommeil suite à une demande de compensation pour leurs terres par le gouvernement. Des jeunes innocents furent kidnappés à Conakry par les forces de sécurité, sans aucun motif, et déferrés dans des conditions atroces au nord du pays. Certains succombèrent aux tortures. Récemment, c’est une personnalité politique de l’opposition qui fut exécutée en plein jour à Conakry. La tragédie de Womey et la répression qui suivit, en pleine crise d’Ébola restent un point saillant de la défaillance de Mr. Condé dont le laxisme a favorisé la propagation de l’épidémie en Afrique de l’Ouest. Le tissu social guinéen est plus que jamais fragilisé. Le  pacte citoyen indispensable au maintien de la paix civile et à l’émergence  de toute démocratie a été dissout.

Durant les trois années  à la tête de notre pays, Mr. Alpha Condé a exhibé des formes désolantes de mépris des guinéens.  En même temps,  il  montre une inquiétante propension à n’écouter que les opinions des dirigeants des pays occidentaux auxquels il  croit devoir la sauvegarde de son pouvoir. Ayant dilapidé la confiance à lui faite de diriger son pays, Mr. Condé  déploie des efforts considérables pour faire croire qu’il a l’assentiment des dirigeants de l’occident.  D’importants moyens financiers sont utilisés pour payer des lobbyistes et pour s’attirer le soutien de personnalités internationales telles que Georges Soros, Tony Blair et Bernard Kouchner dont il exploite les ambitions, politiques ou financières.  C’est à ce titre  que nous vous adressons cette lettre. Nous voudrions en appeler à votre responsabilité personnelle  et de celle de la France, afin d’amener Mr. Alpha Condé à changer le cap de sa politique ruineuse, pendant qu’il est encore temps.  Comme  notre organisation l’a maintes fois réitéré, le mépris des victimes, l’entretien d’un climat provocateur d’impunité et l’arrogance de criminels reconnus sont les sources des guerres civiles. La France ne peut certes pas être tenue responsable d’éventuelles confrontations en Guinée. Mais du fait des rapports historiques, économiques et culturels qui lient la France et la Guinée, nous pensons qu’il est de votre devoir de profiter de votre rencontre avec le président guinéen pour aider à changer le cours dangereux de l’histoire dans notre pays.

Nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue en terre guinéenne et vous prions de croire à nos sentiments de très haute distinction.

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

(EN-FR) Mr. Alpha Conde, when crimes excuse crimes | Mr. Alpha Condé, quand les crimes excusent les crimes

Guinea, September 28, 2009: state-sponsored massacre of opposition supporters

Mr. Alpha Conde, when crimes excuse crimes

During his visit on Saturday 25th of October, at the island of Kassa, Mr. Conde said in the Susu language “I asked the “Whites” to abandon the case of September 28 because there were the cases of 1985, 2006 and 2007 that have not been prosecuted.” With these derogatory remarks, Mr. Alpha Condé has confirmed the intentions attributed to him of sabotaging the investigation of the crimes of September 28, 2009. Mr. Conde’s statement is a troubling presumption of his complicity with the criminals accused of crimes against humanity. It reinforces the perception of collusion already evident with the presence in his government of these officers who have enjoyed promotions and are honored with medals. It further underscores the need for a fair and open trial to determine the extent and ramifications of the massacres of September 2009.

Guinea, January 22, 2007: government massacre of marching opposition supporters

The argument Mr. Alpha Condé used -lack of investigating past crimes of 1985, 2006 and 2007- is an unacceptable amalgam. Without vigorous reaction, this argument will forever imprint the culture of impunity in Guinea. This trivialization of political crimes is both cynical and criminal; it opens up a dangerous trap of complacency in which crimes of the day and those of the future will fall. The fact of excusing crimes by crimes generates an unhealthy political culture that mocks the victims, comfort the criminals and wrecks the collective memory of the Guinean nation. Believing that this contributes to national reconciliation is a treachery that will increase bitterness, lay the foundation for clashes and put the future of this nation in danger. Whichever way it is regarded, this ultimate form of irresponsibility is a national disgrace that must be firmly rejected.

The massacres and rapes of 2009 are imprescriptible crimes against humanity. Ignorance of this fact from Mr. Alpha Condé is unforgivable. It confirms a profound moral failure on his part. It is an outright betrayal of his oath as head of state that takes away the constitutional privilege he is endowed of being the ultimate guarantor of citizens’ freedoms. At the same time, it reinforces the image of a Guinea, a pariah among nations.

In an implicit response to the President’s attempt of diluting the judicial process in Guinea, the ambassador of the United States, Mr. Laskaris, on the 4th of November 2014, insisted during a conference in Conakry, on the moral imperative of punishing these crimes against women: “What I will never accept – as a human being, as an American and as someone who fears God’s judgment – it’s the fact that men forgive men for crimes against women.” Pottal-Fii-Bhantal has taken note of this statement. Certainly, Mr. Laskaris finds mitigating circumstances to the current Guinea Minister of Justice who remains entirely responsible in the denial of justice. But Mr. Laskaris’ demands of trial of the crimes against humanity of 28 September 2009 as first step in the entrenchment of justice in Guinea, is in agreement with the requests repeatedly made by Pottal-Fii-Bhantal as well as many victims’ associations and human rights organizations. We call on the ambassador for the United States to formally require specific actions in the prosecution of these crimes, with an implementation schedule and a monitoring mechanism. The lack of action by the Guinean government should be subject to sanctions from the United States.

The provocative and negligence actions of Mr. Condé since his accession to power require even greater mobilization around the issue of the crimes of 2009. Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta Djallon appeals to all social components of the Guinean nation, Guinean residents in the Diaspora, opposition parties, victims’ organizations and the civil society as well as African and all international bodies, to ensure that the Guinean judges – set up as the committee to investigate the September 28 massacres- are finally removed from the investigations. The investigations should be transferred to the ICC as soon as possible.

Without a quick compliance to this call, we will all require the Security Council of the United Nations to impose sanctions on Mr. Alpha Condé and his entourage.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTA-DJALLON

Signer la pétition contre les viols et les assassinats de 2009 https://www.change.org/p/1946560/
Bashir Bah: 301-310-1566

Mr. Alpha Condé, quand les crimes excusent les crimes

Lors de sa visite le samedi 25 octobre, à l’ile de Kassa, Mr. Alpha Condé a déclaré en langue Soussou : «J’ai demandé aux blancs de laisser l’affaire du 28 septembre parce qu’il y a eu celles de 1985, de 2006 et de 2007 et ils n’ont pas fait l’objet de poursuites». Avec ces propos désobligeants, Mr. Alpha Condé vient de confirmer les intentions qu’on lui prête de vouloir saboter les enquêtes sur les crimes du 28 Septembre 2009. Les propos de Mr. Alpha Condé constituent une présomption troublante de complicité avec les officiers accusés de crimes contre l’humanité. Ils renforcent la perception de collusion déjà manifeste avec leur maintien dans son gouvernement ainsi que des promotions des honneurs par des médailles. La déclaration souligne encore plus la nécessité d’un procès impartial et ouvert pour cerner l’ampleur et les ramifications des massacres de Septembre 2009.

Guinee, 22 janvier 2007: gouvernement massacre des partisans de l’opposition

L’argument utilisé par Mr. Alpha Condé du manque d’enquêtes sur les crimes passés de 1985, 2006 et 2007, est un amalgame inacceptable. Sans réaction vigoureuse, cet argument va entériner pour toujours la culture d’impunité dans notre pays. La banalisation des crimes politiques qui en résulte est à la fois cynique et criminelle. Elle ouvre une dangereuse brèche et une trappe de complaisance dans lesquelles passeront les crimes du jour et ceux de l’avenir. Le fait d’excuser des crimes par des crimes consacre une culture politique malsaine qui se moque des victimes, conforte les criminels et saborde la mémoire collective de la nation. Faire croire que cela participe à la réconciliation nationale est une tricherie qui ne fait qu’empiler les amertumes et attenter à l’avenir de la nation en faisant le lit à des affrontements dans le futur. De quelque façon qu’on la tourne, cette forme ultime de démission de l’état est un déshonneur national qui doit être fermement rejeté.

Les massacres et viols de 2009 sont des crimes imprescriptibles contre l’humanité. La méconnaissance de ce fait de droit de la part de Mr. Alpha Condé est impardonnable. Elle confirme une profonde faillite morale de sa part. Elle constitue une trahison pure et simple de son serment de chef de l’état qui lui ôte le privilège constitutionnel d’être garant ultime des libertés citoyennes. En même temps, elle renforce l’image d’une Guinée paria parmi les nations.

En réponse implicite à ces menées de dilution de la justice du président guinéen, l’ambassadeur des États-Unis, Mr. Laskaris, a insisté lors d’une conférence le 4 Novembre 2014 à Conakry, sur l’impératif moral de punir ces crimes commis contre les femmes : «Ce que je n’accepterai jamais – en tant qu’être humain, en tant qu’Américain et en tant que quelqu’un qui craint le jugement de Dieu – c’est le fait que des hommes pardonnent des hommes pour des crimes commis contre des femmes ». Pottal-Fii-Bhantal prend bonne note de cette déclaration. Certes, Mr. Laskaris trouve des circonstances atténuantes au ministre de la justice dont la responsabilité reste entière dans le déni de justice. Mais sa demande de faire du jugement des crimes contre l’humanité de 2009 une étape première dans l’enracinement de la justice en Guinée, est en accord avec les requêtes maintes fois formulées par Pottal-Fii-Bhantal ainsi que de nombreuses associations de victimes et des droits de l’homme. Nous en appelons donc à l’ambassadeur pour que les États-Unis exigent officiellement des actions spécifiques dans la poursuite de ces crimes, avec un calendrier d’exécution et un système de suivi. Le manque d’actions de la part du gouvernement guinéen devrait être assorti de sanctions de la part des États-Unis.

Les propos et la négligence provocatrice de Mr. Condé depuis son accession au pouvoir demandent une mobilisation encore plus forte autour du dossier des crimes de 2009. Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon en appelle à toutes les composantes sociales de la nation, des guinéens de l’extérieur et de l’intérieur, des partis de l’opposition, des organisations de victimes et de la société civile ainsi qu’aux africains et à toutes les instances internationales pour que les juges guinéens soient enfin dessaisis des enquêtes. Ces enquêtes doivent être transférées à la CPI au plus vite.

À défaut d’une suite rapide à cet appel, nous devrons tous exiger que le conseil de sécurité de l’ONU impose des sanctions sur Mr. Alpha Condé et son entourage.

La commission centrale de Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon

Signer la pétition contre les viols et les assassinats de 2009 https://www.change.org/p/1946560/
Bashir Bah: 301-310-1566

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

 

 

 

POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTAH-DJALLON USA: Massacre of September 28th, 2009. Three Years of Impunity!

MEMORANDUM OF POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTA-DJALlON

MASSACRE OF SEPTEMBER 28th, 2009.  THREE YEARS OF IMPUNITY!

Three years after the military junta-sponsored massacre at the opposition rally in Guinea in which victims were ethnically targeted, nearly 200 people were brutally murdered and at least 100 women were viciously raped in broad daylight, we are gathered here, at the United Nations Plaza, once again. We could easily read aloud the statement we produced last year because no progress has been made in holding accountable those who are accused of these crimes. This lack of progress is due to the impunity exercised within the government of Alpha Conde.

Much to the shock of Guineans and human rights groups, Mr. Conde protects and rewards the military officers accused of the crimes by appointing two of the primary perpetrators to his cabinet. Further, neither ECOWAS nor the Guinean government has taken a deposition from the primary mastermind of the massacre, Capt. Dadis Camara, now living in Burkina Faso. It is becoming more and more obvious that the Guinean government is determined not to prosecute the September 28 crimes. Given that Guinea has clearly demonstrated that it is unwilling and unable to prosecute the case, help from the international community is needed to get the case transferred to the International Criminal Court as soon as possible.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Justice for victims of the September 28 massacres is our primary goal. At the same time we must work to ensure that the people of Guinea never experience such a travesty again. While Mr. Alpha Conde was not at the helm when the September 28 massacre took place, his refusal to investigate and prosecute those responsible is only one example of the impunity with which he governs. This impunity, combined with undemocratic practices and ethnically-based policies, has resulted in illegal mass arrests, indefinite incarcerations, torture and extra-judicial killings. The dangers posed by Alpha Conde are on par to that of the military junta which committed the massacre.

The threat of genocide in Guinea is palpable. Genocide does not happen overnight. It builds up over a long period, with social exclusion, ethnic militia and paramilitary forces, political stalemate and pervasive corruption in a climate of economic hardships. All these conditions are at work in Guinea, silently gripping our country. No nations, no international institutions could claim ignorance about the ominous future that Guinea faces. Short of drastic and proactive measures, the country will continue its slide toward chaos, threatening, in the process, the stability of the whole West-Africa.

Today, we want to use this solemn occasion to put the Guinean government on notice that we WILL get justice for the victims and, in order to prevent another massacre, we will continue the pressure on Mr. Alpha Conde and his administration with intensity.

For the last 3 years, Pottal-Fii-Bhantal has worked relentlessly toward that end. Through our work, we have enjoyed tremendous support from Guinean citizens who, more than ever, are aware of the necessity of eradicating impunity if Guinea is to pull herself out of a legacy of totalitarian and military rule.

Today is an opportunity to remind all of us that there is no nobler fight than setting our country on the path of justice as a prerequisite for democracy. We are encouraged that Guinean citizens of all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds and political opinions are mobilized to honor the victims by pledging to never give up the fight to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted. We have been also honored by the benevolent support of activists, civil right leaders, civil servants of foreign governments as well as staff of international human rights and development agencies. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts in the name of the voiceless victims and their families in Guinea and around the world.

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal is calling on all segments of the Guinean population to mobilize in order avert the dangerous prospects hanging over our country. We encourage Guineans citizens to pursue all legal means of opposing a new dictatorship in our country. We are calling on the international community not look the other way, as it has done in last 50 years, while a tragedy is being prepared in our country. Given Guinea’s political legacy, the involvement of the international community is crucial for the country to be a true “emerging democracy”.

As we did last year, Pottal Fii-Bhantal is calling on all constituencies interested in building justice as a foundation for a genuine democracy in Guinea, to unite around the crucial program of fighting impunity and continue the pressures on the Guinean authorities.

To those who are living with the scars of the violence inflicted upon them, we are ensuring our unwavering support. We pray to All Mighty God to have mercy on the souls of those who have lost their lives for the emergence of democracy in Guinea.

Three years after the military junta-sponsored massacre at the opposition rally in Guinea in which victims were ethnically targeted, nearly 200 people were brutally murdered and at least 100 women were viciously raped in broad daylight, we are gathered here, at the United Nations Plaza, once again. We could easily read aloud the statement we produced last year because no progress has been made in holding accountable those who are accused of these crimes. This lack of progress is due to the impunity exercised within the government of Alpha Conde.

Much to the shock of Guineans and human rights groups, Mr. Conde protects and rewards the military officers accused of the crimes by appointing two of the primary perpetrators to his cabinet. Further, neither ECOWAS nor the Guinean government has taken a deposition from the primary mastermind of the massacre, Capt. Dadis Camara, now living in Burkina Faso. It is becoming more and more obvious that the Guinean government is determined not to prosecute the September 28 crimes. Given that Guinea has clearly demonstrated that it is unwilling and unable to prosecute the case, help from the international community is needed to get the case transferred to the International Criminal Court as soon as possible.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Justice for victims of the September 28 massacres is our primary goal. At the same time we must work to ensure that the people of Guinea never experience such a travesty again. While Mr. Alpha Conde was not at the helm when the September 28 massacre took place, his refusal to investigate and prosecute those responsible is only one example of the impunity with which he governs. This impunity, combined with undemocratic practices and ethnically-based policies, has resulted in illegal mass arrests, indefinite incarcerations, torture and extra-judicial killings. The dangers posed by Alpha Conde are on par to that of the military junta which committed the massacre.

The threat of genocide in Guinea is palpable. Genocide does not happen overnight. It builds up over a long period, with social exclusion, ethnic militia and paramilitary forces, political stalemate and pervasive corruption in a climate of economic hardships. All these conditions are at work in Guinea, silently gripping our country. No nations, no international institutions could claim ignorance about the ominous future that Guinea faces. Short of drastic and proactive measures, the country will continue its slide toward chaos, threatening, in the process, the stability of the whole West-Africa.

Today, we want to use this solemn occasion to put the Guinean government on notice that we WILL get justice for the victims and, in order to prevent another massacre, we will continue the pressure on Mr. Alpha Conde and his administration with intensity.

For the last 3 years, Pottal-Fii-Bhantal has worked relentlessly toward that end. Through our work, we have enjoyed tremendous support from Guinean citizens who, more than ever, are aware of the necessity of eradicating impunity if Guinea is to pull herself out of a legacy of totalitarian and military rule.

Today is an opportunity to remind all of us that there is no nobler fight than setting our country on the path of justice as a prerequisite for democracy. We are encouraged that Guinean citizens of all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds and political opinions are mobilized to honor the victims by pledging to never give up the fight to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted. We have been also honored by the benevolent support of activists, civil right leaders, civil servants of foreign governments as well as staff of international human rights and development agencies. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts in the name of the voiceless victims and their families in Guinea and around the world.

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal is calling on all segments of the Guinean population to mobilize in order avert the dangerous prospects hanging over our country. We encourage Guineans citizens to pursue all legal means of opposing a new dictatorship in our country. We are calling on the international community not look the other way, as it has done in last 50 years, while a tragedy is being prepared in our country. Given Guinea’s political legacy, the involvement of the international community is crucial for the country to be a true “emerging democracy”.

As we did last year, Pottal Fii-Bhantal is calling on all constituencies interested in building justice as a foundation for a genuine democracy in Guinea, to unite around the crucial program of fighting impunity and continue the pressures on the Guinean authorities.

To those who are living with the scars of the violence inflicted upon them, we are ensuring our unwavering support. We pray to All Mighty God to have mercy on the souls of those who have lost their lives for the emergence of democracy in Guinea.

Three years after the military junta-sponsored massacre at the opposition rally in Guinea in which victims were ethnically targeted, nearly 200 people were brutally murdered and at least 100 women were viciously raped in broad daylight, we are gathered here, at the United Nations Plaza, once again. We could easily read aloud the statement we produced last year because no progress has been made in holding accountable those who are accused of these crimes. This lack of progress is due to the impunity exercised within the government of Alpha Conde.

Much to the shock of Guineans and human rights groups, Mr. Conde protects and rewards the military officers accused of the crimes by appointing two of the primary perpetrators to his cabinet. Further, neither ECOWAS nor the Guinean government has taken a deposition from the primary mastermind of the massacre, Capt. Dadis Camara, now living in Burkina Faso. It is becoming more and more obvious that the Guinean government is determined not to prosecute the September 28 crimes. Given that Guinea has clearly demonstrated that it is unwilling and unable to prosecute the case, help from the international community is needed to get the case transferred to the International Criminal Court as soon as possible.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Justice for victims of the September 28 massacres is our primary goal. At the same time we must work to ensure that the people of Guinea never experience such a travesty again. While Mr. Alpha Conde was not at the helm when the September 28 massacre took place, his refusal to investigate and prosecute those responsible is only one example of the impunity with which he governs. This impunity, combined with undemocratic practices and ethnically-based policies, has resulted in illegal mass arrests, indefinite incarcerations, torture and extra-judicial killings. The dangers posed by Alpha Conde are on par to that of the military junta which committed the massacre.

The threat of genocide in Guinea is palpable. Genocide does not happen overnight. It builds up over a long period, with social exclusion, ethnic militia and paramilitary forces, political stalemate and pervasive corruption in a climate of economic hardships. All these conditions are at work in Guinea, silently gripping our country. No nations, no international institutions could claim ignorance about the ominous future that Guinea faces. Short of drastic and proactive measures, the country will continue its slide toward chaos, threatening, in the process, the stability of the whole West-Africa.

Today, we want to use this solemn occasion to put the Guinean government on notice that we WILL get justice for the victims and, in order to prevent another massacre, we will continue the pressure on Mr. Alpha Conde and his administration with intensity.

For the last 3 years, Pottal-Fii-Bhantal has worked relentlessly toward that end. Through our work, we have enjoyed tremendous support from Guinean citizens who, more than ever, are aware of the necessity of eradicating impunity if Guinea is to pull herself out of a legacy of totalitarian and military rule.

Today is an opportunity to remind all of us that there is no nobler fight than setting our country on the path of justice as a prerequisite for democracy. We are encouraged that Guinean citizens of all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds and political opinions are mobilized to honor the victims by pledging to never give up the fight to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted. We have been also honored by the benevolent support of activists, civil right leaders, civil servants of foreign governments as well as staff of international human rights and development agencies. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts in the name of the voiceless victims and their families in Guinea and around the world.

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal is calling on all segments of the Guinean population to mobilize in order avert the dangerous prospects hanging over our country. We encourage Guineans citizens to pursue all legal means of opposing a new dictatorship in our country. We are calling on the international community not look the other way, as it has done in last 50 years, while a tragedy is being prepared in our country. Given Guinea’s political legacy, the involvement of the international community is crucial for the country to be a true “emerging democracy”.

As we did last year, Pottal Fii-Bhantal is calling on all constituencies interested in building justice as a foundation for a genuine democracy in Guinea, to unite around the crucial program of fighting impunity and continue the pressures on the Guinean authorities.

To those who are living with the scars of the violence inflicted upon them, we are ensuring our unwavering support. We pray to All Mighty God to have mercy on the souls of those who have lost their lives for the emergence of democracy in Guinea.

The Board of Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon – USA

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

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.

Press Liaisons:

  • Aissatou Bah: 240-632-1187
  • Abdourahmane Barry : 484-614-4542
  • Aissatou Bobo Diallo: 646-750-1411

Guinea’s Disappeared Diplomat: Open Letter from Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon to Justice Minister Christian Sow

An organization of Guineans, Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon, wrote a letter this week to Guinea’s Justice Minister, Christian Sow, demanding answers about the disappearance of Ibrahima Kane Diallo, Guinean Consul in Togo. Diallo disappeared after arriving in Guinea on June 15 for a meeting that Alpha Conde requested he attend.  He has not been heard from since.

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Djallon Inc. 3396 Third Av. # 1A, Bronx, NY 10456 http://www.justiceinguinea.org

Tel: (202)415-5869 or 240-551-6586

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Open letter to Mr. Christian Sow, Attorney General of Guinea about the kidnapping and the disappearance of Mr. Ibrahima Kane Diallo, Consul of Guinea in Togo

Me Christian Sow, Attorney General

C/O Embassy of Guinea

2112 Leroy Place

Washington DC, 20008

July 30th, 2012

This letter is being written by members and supporters of Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Jallon around the world.

Its purpose is to draw your attention on the fate of Mr. Ibrahim Kane Diallo, the Honorary Consul of Guinea in Lome, Togo, who was arrested on June 14, 2012 upon arrival at Conakry airport. He has remained missing since then.

According to information obtained, Ibrahima Kane Diallo traveled to Guinea at the request of the President of Guinea. Upon landing in Conakry, Mr. Ibrahima Kane telephoned his family to tell them that he was heading to the presidency, from where he called them again to indicate that he was in a meeting.

This was the last time the family heard from Mr. Diallo Ibrahima Kane. Since then, all sorts of rumors about his fate have circulated. His family and friends live in the fear and the dilemma of speaking out or keeping silent. This situation is the result of a tradition of the psychosis of terror systems that Guinea has experienced. The arrest and incommunicado detention of citizens on the basis of rumors of conspiracy is the hallmark of the terror that still holds Guinea in a grisly past that all citizens and friends of the country want to abolish. The case of Mr. Ibrahima Kane Diallo confirms the image of “banana republic” justice at your ministry. The casual releases of people accused of the alleged attack of July 2011 and the prolonged and illegal detention of persons that have been cleared by the court is another illustration.

The disappearance of Mr. Ibrahima Kane Diallo is part of the thread of violations of justice under your administration and that of President Alpha Condé. As Justice Minister, you are well aware that you are directly responsible for these deeds.

Our association urges you to proceed, if warranted, to a proper indictment with charges against Mr. Ibrahima Kane Diallo and grant him his rights under the constitution, including the right to family visits and the right to consult with an attorney.

Otherwise, you must order his immediate release with compensation as the oath you took to defend the constitutional right of citizens requires you to do. This, however, will not release you of the perjury of violation of a citizen’s rights.

Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Fouta-Jallon has taken steps to alert human rights organizations and the international community about the kidnapping of Mr. Ibrahima Kane Diallo, as well as other crimes being committed against innocent citizens under your auspices.

You can be assured, Mr. Minister that we will spare no effort to shed light on this arrest and to emphasize that your ministry’s duty is to deliver justice so that it may serve the people in Guinea.

CENTRAL COMMISSION OF POTTAL-FII-BHANTAL FOUTAH-DJALLON

Recipients:

  1. Amnesty International –
  2. Embassy of Guinea in Washington
  3. State Department
  4. OGDH
  5. FIDH
  6. RAHDHO
  7. Embassy of Togo and diplomatic missions in Guinea
  8. Human Rights Watch
  9. International Crisis Group
  10. A Human Rights Office in Conakry
  11. Human Rights First
  12. United Nations, New York
  13. Jeune Afrique
  14. Voice Of America