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Bloody Monday in Guinea, calls for the ICC, and the HRW

On September 28, 2009, there was an opposition rally in a stadium in Conakry (the capital city of Guinea). This included killings, sexual assaults, and more. These crimes were committed for the most part by members of the Presidential Guard of Guinea (with evidence hinting that it was planned ahead of time).

That was three years ago. Today, the Human Rights Watch released a report that analyzed what Guinea has done to hold the perpetrators responsible. For the victims, this means that they have been waiting more than three years for the abusers to be held accountable.

The investigation is not complete, and key witnesses have not been interviewed. Human Rights Watch is calling for the government of Guinea to give more support, including making sure that the panel of investigative judges can work effectively (and with enough resources).

The report also said that the ICC and UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict have contributed critical assistance. The ICC has Guinea situation under preliminary examination as of October 2009. Victims have shown that they are waiting for the ICC to investigate the September 2009 crimes.


HRW on the investigation


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