Target: National Assembly of Guinea and Stadium Massacre Survivors
Goal: Applaud efforts to bring charges against those allegedly responsible for the death of 150 protesters and the rape of many others.
Charges for a stadium massacre and mass rape have been filed against Moussa Dadis Camara, the self-proclaimed president, by judges in Guinea. After six years of working toward getting him questioned in Burkina Faso, where he is currently exiled, he was finally interviewed and charged along with numerous others.
In 2009, hundreds of security officers went into a stadium in Conakry where a peaceful protest was being held for opposition of the current rule. According to reports, they opened fire on the tens of thousands of supporters standing against the president. Over 150 people died from the shootings and numerous women were raped and sexually assaulted.
The judges also charged other officials for their alleged part in the crime. The Minister of Presidential Security was charged with murder, rape, arson, looting, destruction, and complicity and is now facing trial along with two other ministers who held a governmental position at the time, military officials, and soldiers who took part in committing this violence against the people of Guinea.
Through the diligence of the International Crime Court, National Assembly judges who listen to the stories of survivors, as well as continued outcry from all over, including the ForceChange community, victims are finally steps closer toward getting justice for the crime committed six years ago.
Dear National Assembly of Guinea and Stadium Massacre Survivors,
After the heinous crime allegedly orchestrated many years ago by the self-proclaimed President Moussa Dadis Camara, the numerous victims of the attacks and sexual violence have been waiting for movement on those responsible. Thanks to the many people who spoke up about what happened and the judges who continued to perform interviews and form charges despite threats to their life, many of those responsible will finally be going to trial.
This was a massive crime against the rights of the people of Guinea who rallied to state their opposition to the rising of a new president and were met with extreme violence because of it. The fact that the people who both led and participated in the attack will now face trial is a great step in the right direction for human rights.
Speaking up and pushing forward is never easy, especially after such a violent reply to opinion has happened in the past. Thanks to all the people who continued the fight and didn’t let their voices be silenced, this case has taken a huge step toward being put to rest.
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