Guinea creates 1st human rights ministerial post

Updated: 10/11/2012 8:35 AM KSTP.com

(AP) CONAKRY, Guinea - Human rights groups applaud the creation of a new Cabinet post dedicated to human rights in Guinea, which has one of the worst records in West Africa, following a shocking 2009 massacre.

In that incident peaceful protesters were mowed down by the military inside the national soccer stadium, and dozens of women were gang raped.

Thierno Sow, head of Guinea’s largest human rights group, said that it’s the first time that human rights occupy such an important place in the Guinea government.

The post was created last week in the wake of a Cabinet reshuffle, which saw the purging of the last three members of the military serving in the government. It finalizes the transition to civilian rule which began after the massacre, when the military agreed to cede power.

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