Guinea


    Guinea: Judges's 2009 Massacre Inquiry break new ground in combatting impunity, according to HRW
    13.11.17
    Human Rights Watch

    The panel of Guinean judges investigating the September 28, 2009 massacre of more than 150 protesters and rape of 100 women by the security forces during a peaceful protest concluded their investigation on November 9 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The development is a major, much-awaited step in ensuring justice for the victims. The domestic investigation – which began in February 2010 – broke new ground in combatting impunity in the country, but progressed slowly amid political, financial, and logistical obstacles. During the investigation, the judges have brought charges against...

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    Guinea: 8 Years Later, Justice for Massacre Needed (NGO)
    27.09.17
    HRW

    (Conakry) – Guinea should move ahead to deliver justice, truth, and reparation for the grave crimes committed on September 28, 2009, at a Conakry stadium, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Association of Victims, Parents and Friends of the September 28 Massacre said today in advance of the massacre’s eighth anniversary. On that day, security forces massacred more than 150 peaceful protesters, and more than 100 women were raped. Hundreds of injuries and widespread looting were also documented. An investigation into the crimes by a panel of Guinean investigating judges,...

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    Doubts and Division in Guinea, as President hints at third term
    02.08.17
    Aïssatou Barry in Conakry

    The possibility of a third term for President Alpha Condé is dividing Guinea. Condé himself has made same indications that he wants to run again, but has refused to make an official pronouncement. His supporters are not hiding the fact that they want to change the Constitution. The opposition, supported by some civil society, is preparing for battle and brandishing threats. “Let’s stop having a dogmatic view of whether one, two or three mandates is best,” Condé said during a visit to France in April. “It’s not up to external powers to decide, it depends on each country and the will of...

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    Guinea plans a Truth Commission
    18.04.17
    Aïssatou Barry in Conakry

    A national workshop in Conakry of government and civil society representatives has approved a Bill to set up a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Guinea. This is in line with recommendations from the Interim National Reconciliation Commission (CPRN) after five years of wide consultations. “The Commission will not have the power to try or to amnesty anyone, since trials are the responsibility of the courts,” said Prime Minister Mamadi Youla at the workshop opening in Conakry on April 12. But he assured participants that the Commission would be politically independent and respect...

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    PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AMID TENSION IN GUINEA
    09.10.15
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.Net

    Guineans are called to the ballot box this Sunday October 11 for only the second “free” presidential elections in the country’s history. Although the campaign had been relatively calm, deadly clashes broke out on Thursday after incumbent president Alpha Conde refused an opposition demand to postpone the election, which critics say is heavily rigged in his favour. The independence of the electoral commission is being questioned. Opposition candidates are already threatening not to recognize the results, saying electoral lists have been manipulated in favour of Conde, notably by including...

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    Opinion : Dadis Camara, Guinea and the ICC

    On September 28, 2009 in the Guinean capital Conakry, a peaceful demonstration by thousands of people opposing the presidential candidacy of Dadis Camara, then head of the military junta ruling the country, was violently repressed by security forces. A report by an international commission of inquiry set up by the UN Secretary General found that crimes committed during this bloody clampdown constitute crimes against humanity. According to the report, 156 people were killed, 109 women were subjected to rape and sexual violence and hundreds of people to torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading...

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