Target: Guinean President Alpha Conde
Goal: Demand justice for victims of a brutal massacre that left 157 dead and thousands injured.
It has been nearly four years since security forces in Guinea stormed into a stadium to break up an opposition rally against military rule, and opened fire on tens of thousands of unarmed protesters. The crackdown resulted in at least 157 deaths and thousands injured. It was a horrendous and chaotic scene as many protesters were bludgeoned, stabbed, and trampled to death. Scores of women were brutally gang raped, sexually assaulted with objects, and a few were murdered after the act. The junta has also been accused of removing bodies from a morgue and burying them in a mass grave in order to cover up the severity of the atrocity. As a result, many of the families did not have the chance to lay their loved ones to rest. Human Rights Watch concluded that this massacre was likely premeditated and organized by high officials in the CNDD (National Council for Democracy and Development) military junta.
High officials involved in the massacre are still on active duty, and the government has done little to nothing to investigate. Captain Claude “Coplan” Pivi, one of the leading figures in the CNDD military junta, has been formally charged with murder, rape, and destruction of property, but he remains as the presidential security minister. Moussa Tiegboro Camara, who was in command of soldiers during the massacre, still holds his position as minister in charge of fighting drug trafficking and organized crime. Moussa Dadis Camara, the leader of the junta, has been living comfortably in exile. Many of them have not even been brought in for questioning. People charged with such heinous crimes should not hold any high position in government. This is of serious concern because there is a conflict of interest due to the political influence they still wield by remaining in office. Murderers should not have the freedom to act as if everything is business as usual.
There is also a general lack of financial and political backing by the current administration to expedite these cases. If the government is serious about indicting and bringing these criminals to justice for gross human rights violations, they should immediately remove anyone charged from high political office. Sign this petition to demand justice for the victims and their families, which has been delayed long enough.
Dear President Conde,
The victims of the stadium massacre of 2009 deserve swift justice. The families of the victims deserve closure to their tragic loss. If your administration is serious about bringing these criminals to justice, the people charged with these heinous crimes should be immediately purged from their posts. It reflects poorly on your government to be complacent with murderers in your cabinet. Stalling the judicial process will erode the legitimacy of your administration, and your citizens will see you as a continuation of the military junta.
Please ensure that these perpetrators do not get away with this massacre. Allocate the proper resources and apply political pressure to continue the investigations and trials.
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