The Campaign Against Human Rights Violations and Genocide in Guinea
Directed by Pottal Fii Bhantal Fouta Djallon
What it will do:
The Campaign will inform Americans and those of other nationalities of the events and human rights abuses that have occurred in Guinea, the discrimination and abuses that the current regime is perpetrating against the Fulani, and the likely future abuses and potential for genocide. Specifically these events and human rights abuses include:
- The rape, murder, and imprisonment of the Fulani and others, including but not limited to the atrocities and crimes of the Sept 28, 2009 massacre
- The security force’s use of lethal violence to attack members of the Fulani ethnic group, their use of ethnic slurs while abusing the Fulani, and their failure to protect the Fulani from attacks by other ethnic groups immediately after the election results were announced in November 2010
- The inability of the Fulani to vote in two prefectures in the November 2010 election due to ethnically motivated attacks against them in October that caused many residents to flee
The message will be clear: unless the status quo changes, in the future there will be more discrimination and human rights violations, and there is a strong possibility a Rwanda-like genocide will occur.
This education campaign will attempt to inform both the general public and policymakers about the situation in Guinea. To inform the general public, the campaign will, for example, strive to hold panels and discussions at colleges and in civic forums; run TV, radio, newspaper ads; and hold rallies and demonstrations. To educate policy-makers about the “facts on the ground,” the campaign will strive to inform and meet with officials in, for example, the Obama administration, the United States State Department, the United Nations, and the European Union.
A second aspect of the campaign will be to examine whether any legal action can be undertaken to hold those who had committed the human rights violations and illegal criminal acts accountable. We will explore whether a lawsuit could be brought in the US courts or in any of the international courts, and what possible causes of action may be. We will also explore whether prosecutors in the international courts can be persuaded to take action.