11 Jan 2010
The International Response to 28 September 2009 Massacre in Guinea and the Responsibility to Protect
On 28 September 2009, government forces opened fire on opposition supporters peacefully protesting in a stadium in Conakry, Guinea. Demonstrators had gathered to contest junta leader Captain Dadis Camara's reported intention to run in the January 2010 elections, and break his promise to cede power to civilian rule. Over 150 civilians were killed in attacks that Human Rights Watch reports were premeditated and that the United Nations Commission of Inquiry concluded amounted to crimes against humanity. Over 1,200 people were injured, rape and sexual violence was widespread, and unknown numbers of protestors and political opponents were detained.
This Policy Brief from the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect assesses the crimes committed during the crisis, assesses the response from the government and international actors, and discusses risks that remain within Guinea.