In view of the current situation in Guinea and in solidarity with our fellow MILEAD sister , Aminata Fall, the victims, hurting families ( of rape, kidnaps, torture, brutal death etc)and the poeple of Guinea, we the first set of MILEAD fellows have come out with a statement of solidarity and a petition which we would like you to sign/ endorse and circulate in your networks and please remember to let have it back.
"Take action with us- forward your NAME and COUNTRY to be included as a signatory to this urgent petition" or something in this light. (Or join us today to demand action- to sign the petition, forward your name and country to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Below is the solidarity statement and the petition.
The President of Guinea
The Presidents of: Cameroun; Democratic Republic of Congo; The Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia and Zimbabwe
The President: ECOWAS Commission
We, Fellows of the Moremi Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (MILEAD), representing 21 African countries and communities in the Diaspora, in collaboration with our partners, raise our voices to demand an independent and internationally monitored investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 157 Guineans on the 28th of September 2009. We call for the immediate cessation of all tactics of repression, including acts of sexual violence against the women of Guinea and we demand swift legal action against all perpetrators of such barbaric acts. We also call for dialogue between the armed forces, the CNDD and the government in order to uphold the promise and duty of free and transparent elections in Guinea.
As young African women leaders committed to building a strong and democratic future for ourselves and future generations we can no longer tolerate any acts of barbarism and intolerance that violate the human rights, dignity or safety of far too many our fellow African sisters and brothers.
We remain convinced that barbaric violence must be replaced by social and political dialogue at the national and regional levels, for without this nation-building is an impossibility. We also believe that leaders at the community, national and international level have a central role to play in condemning the actions of the guilty and in expressing openly their solidarity for the victims.
1. We ask that the Presidents of our respective African countries (Cameroun, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe), make a formal condemnation of the use of any repressive tactics in Guinea and demand an internationally monitored investigation into recent events.
2. Demand that legal action be taken to against those parties guilty of murder, rape and physical brutality on this day.