Since 2011 FIDH and OGDH have been campaigning in Guinea against impunity for the perpetrators of the 28 September 2009 massacre, the bloody repression of the January and February 2007 demonstrations and the post-election violence in 2010. The two organisations have filed three civil lawsuits in the Guinean courts and are now supporting nearly 500 victims in their quest for justice.
Working closely with the International Criminal Court and the United Nations, the lawyers of FIDH’s Litigation Action Group (LAG) advise the plaintiffs, help build their cases and give the victims a voice by pursing their cause in the national and international courts.
Thanks to the efforts of the defence lawyers and dialogue between the representatives of FIDH, OGDH and victims’ associations, the investigations into the most serious crimes committed in 2009 and 2010 have made significant progress, raising the possibility of historic and highly symbolic trials being held in 2017.
Alongside the work of local victim support organisations, FIDH and OGDH also support the day to day work of national reconciliation, modernisation of government institutions and reform of the judiciary system. In partnership with Guinean civil society and in dialogue with national and international institutions, FIDH and OGDH aim, through their joint defence initiatives, investigations and judiciary assistance, to participate in the consolidation of the rule of law in Guinea and in the building of a legal framework which guarantees and respects the rights and freedoms of every citizen.
FIDH is an international human rights NGO federating 184 organisations from 120 countries. Since 1922, FIDH has been working around the world to monitor, document and ensure countries adopt policies that respect human rights. It is committed to holding individual perpetrators of human rights violations to account and represents their victims in court. FIDH’s headquarters are in Paris, with offices in Abidjan, Bamako, Brussels, Conakry, Geneva, The Hague, New York, Pretoria and Tunis.
FIDH work is directed at country states and those in power, such as armed opposition groups and multinational corporations. FIDH uses a wide range of interventions: rapid responses, both public and confidential; international missions of enquiry, judicial observation, and legal defence; political dialogue, advocacy and public awareness campaigns.
More information: www.fidh.org
OGDH is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1990 by Guinean academics, students, and lawyers with the aim of promoting and defending human rights in the country. It is independent from the state, and is not affiliated to any political party or doctrine.
With a presence in 7 regional capitals of Guinea, OGDH organises seminars on the protection of human rights aimed at law enforcement agencies (magistrates, police officers and prison governors), journalists and legal administrators.
Since its creation, OGDH has focused on gathering the testimonies of victims of human rights abuses and supporting them through judicial proceedings. Since 1990 OGDH has been a member of FIDH, the Interafrican
Union of Human Rights (UIDH) and has observer status within the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). It was the recipient of the 2001 Baldwin Peace Prize in the United States.
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Tommy Trenchard is an independent photographer and writer working mostly in Africa for a mix of editorial and charity clients. He splits his time between documenting the continent’s vibrant cultural life and it’s many lingering challenges.
Between 2012 and 2016 he lived in Sierra Leone, covering that country’s recovery from a bitter war in the 1990s, as well as reporting on the West African Ebola outbreak, a project that won him the Amnesty International Media Award in 2015.
During this period he crossed the border into Guinea many times to document the country’s rocky transition from authoritarian rule to democracy. This project was shot with the support of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Guinean Human Rights Organisation between September 2015 and January 2016 to help draw attention to the overlooked victims of the country’s previous military regimes. Special thanks are due to Amadou Barry, without whose help and support the project would not have been possible. Tommy is now based in Kampala, Uganda, where he is working on a long term project about preventable blindness in East Africa.