US restricts travel by Guinea junta

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The US government has restricted travel to the United States by Guinea’s military junta, which has been accused of planning a bloody crackdown on opposition protesters who killed more than 150 people.
“On October 23, 2009, the United States imposed restrictions on travel to the United States by certain members of the military junta and the government, as well as other individuals who support policies or actions that undermine the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Guinea,” State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly said yesterday.
Human Rights Watch said this week that Guinean security forces planned the bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters that killed 150 people and wounded countless more in the West African nation.
The September 28 incident has drawn broad international condemnation of the ruling military junta led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara.
Human Rights Watch said Camara and some of his closest military allies in the junta should face criminal prosecution for the crackdown, which included rapes and ethnic abuses.
The United States called for change in Guinea.
“The citizens of Guinea deserve the right to choose their own leaders after decades of authoritarian rule,” Kelly said.
“The military junta in power has shown itself disrespectful of human rights and incapable of shepherding Guinea through a peaceful transition to democracy.”