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Guinea: More sanctions against junta, appeals to end violence

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The EU has decided to intensify sanctions towards the military junta in the country, adopting measures to freeze some of their assets and blocking the export of "potentially coercive" goods, which could be sued to repress or disperse street protests. Moreover the sanctions include a travel ban against a list of people associated with the junta to the European Union. "The additional measures are needed because of the gravity of the situation in the Republic of Guinea" states a communiqué issued the day after the publication if a UN inquiry commission report on Last September 28th's massacre in the Conakry stadium; the report accuses the junta of perpetrating "crimes against humanity' suggesting that the International Criminal Court (ICC) might want to get involved. The local press says that the report suggests at least 156 people were killed or went missing amid a series of atrocities, including rape and torture at the expense of civilians and that the junta leader, captain Moussa Dadis Camara, was directly involved in the abuses perpetrated by the presidential guard ('red berets')". Meanwhile, in New York, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on military leaders in Conakry to "end the spiral of violence resulting from the events of three months ago" adding that the government should carry out its obligations in protecting victims and witnesses, including those that have collaborated with the inquiry commission.