NEW YORK, United States of America, September 29, 2021 / APO Group / –
The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict on Tuesday urged the Guinean authorities to respect their commitment to impartial and independent justice, especially with regard to a massacre of demonstrators in the capital, there are 12 years.
Pramila Patten called for responsibility for the September 28, 2009 incident to be at the heart of the country’s political transition.
The massacre occurred when security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters who were participating in an opposition rally at a stadium in the capital, Conakry. At least 156 people were killed or disappeared, and at least 109 women and girls suffered sexual violence.
Commit to justice
In a statement on the anniversary of the massacre, Ms Patten said the ongoing political transition offers a unique opportunity to place justice and the rule of law at the center of a new chapter in the history of the country.
She recalled that following the military coup earlier this month, the National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD) issued a statement that justice will be the compass that will guide every Guinean citizen.
“With the conclusion of the national consultations aimed at determining the priorities of the transition and the announcement yesterday of the adoption of a Transition Charter, I urge the CNRD to respect its commitment to an impartial and independent justice. , including in relation to the events of September 28, 2009. “she said.
Needs of unmet survivors
The UN expert noted that her office encouraged accountability for the atrocities committed in Guinea. Despite some progress over the years, she regretted that the trials had not yet taken place.
“The needs of victims of sexual violence and other serious crimes remain unmet,” she said.
Meanwhile, survivors continue to seek justice and redress, while suffering physical and psychological trauma, which has been compounded by stigma and rejection from their families and communities.
“I call on all the actors concerned to place the responsibility for the events of September 28, 2009 at the heart of the transition, in order to ensure that the trials are accelerated, that the perpetrators are held accountable and that the victims receive justice, support and reparations” said Ms Patten.
“It is only by upholding justice and accountability that the general rule of law, unity and social cohesion will be strengthened and help ensure that the horrors of the events of September 28 are never repeated. . “
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