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Guinea Urged by UN to Set Up Truth Commission to Probe Violence

The United Nations human rights commissioner said Guinea should establish a truth and reconciliation commission to probe abuses in the West African nation.

It is “extremely urgent” that the country hold talks to set up such a body,” Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters yesterday in the capital, Conakry.

“Authors of the most atrocious human-rights violations, including sexual violence, remain free,” Pillay said. “It is necessary to end impunity.”

Guinean soldiers opened fire at a stadium in September 2009 after demonstrations by opposition supporters, killing at least 156 people, according to a UN commission of inquiry created by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The actual number of deaths was “likely far greater,” the panel said in a report.

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