Target: International Criminal Court
Goal: Conduct a full and impartial investigation into the Conakry Stadium massacre in Guinea
In 2009, in the Conakry Stadium in Guinea, a massacre took place by security forces who opened fire on a peaceful demonstration. The government began an investigation but it has not been concluded.
A domestic investigation was conducted but stalled due to a lack of support from the Guinea government. The massacre began when several hundred armed gunmen stormed into the Conakry Stadium and opened fire on the participants, who were opposition forces peacefully gathered there. One hundred and fifty Guineans were dead or dying and dozens of women were the victims of ruthless individual and gang rape. In February of 2010, a panel of judges began an investigation in which they interviewed 300 victims and even charged suspects who were high ranking officers. Some of these officers included Captain Claude “Coplan” Pivi, who is in charge of presidential security, Colonel Abdoulaye Cherif Diaby, who was the health minister at the time of the attack, and Moussa Tiégboro Camara, who was and still is the minister in charge of fighting drug trafficking and organized crimes. The irony of their actions is appalling. In four years time, the investigation still has not been wrapped up and some of the suspects have stayed in detention longer than the two years permitted in Guinea.
One of the judges has a pending request to interview the former president Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, and Tiégboro Camara and Pivi have not left their posts and could be influencing criminal investigations. The investigation is lacking support, and there are growing concerns for the victims and judges involved. They could very easily be injured or killed by the security forces involved in the stadium massacre, or the high ranking officials could call a hit on them.
It is atrocious and barbaric that such officials who were involved in these attacks on humanity are in positions meant to protect their people. They should be removed from their posts until this investigation has concluded. Sign this petition and urge the International Criminal Court to open this case.
Dear International Criminal Court,
I am writing to urge you to open the case involving the massacre that took place in Conakry Stadium in Guinea in 2009. Over one hundred people were killed when security forces opened fire. There was no reason to open fire as the participants were peacefully demonstrating. It is believed that high ranking officials were involved in the crime. These officials have not been removed from their positions and could very likely influence other criminal cases to suit their whims. These officials are in charge of protecting the people, and one is even in charge of ensuring that organized crime does not happen. However, the case has not been completed because of lack of support.
I realize that the ICC does not step into a case unless the national authorities are unable or unwilling to prosecute. In this case, it is not a matter of willingness, it is a matter of having the means to. Activists are concerned about the security of the judges and victims who are conducting the case and giving testimony. How can they perform their duties if there are threats and fear in their hearts? I implore you to step in before more blood is spilled along the path to justice.
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