18 November 2009

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Meets with Members of Panel Tasked with Probing Alleged Human


Rights Violations during Events on 29 September 2009 in Conakry, Guinea


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General met today with Mr. Mohamed Bedjaoui, Ms. Françoise Ngendahayo Kayiramirwa and Ms. Pramila Patten, the three commissioners he has appointed to lead the international investigation into human rights violations that occurred on 28 September 2009 in Conakry, Guinea.  During the meeting, the Secretary-General recalled that the Commission should work independently in assessing the facts, and make recommendations on accountability measures.

The commissioners will be in Guinea from 25 November to 4 December.  The Secretariat of the International Commission of Inquiry, supported by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, arrived in Conakry on 15 November and started the work on the ground.  The Secretary-General has received commitments in writing by President Dadis Camara and Prime Minister [Kabinet] Komara that the authorities of Guinea will cooperate with the International Commission of Inquiry and facilitate its work.

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