Annual Report: Guinea 2010

May 28, 2010

Annual Report: Guinea 2010

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  • In January, at least 12 soldiers, including military officers, were arrested and held without charge at the Alpha Yaya military barracks. Most had worked for former President Lansana Conté. They were allowed some family visits but no access to a lawyer. In August, 11 were transferred to a detention centre on Kassa Island. The men were only wearing underwear and were tied with ropes. On Kassa, they were tortured and ill-treated (see above) and denied family visits. On 5 December, they were transferred to Conakry central prison and on 27 December to premises run by the security forces' Rapid Intervention Brigade. They had not been charged by the end of the year.
  • Four soldiers, including military officers, were arrested in April and held on Kassa Island without charge until their release in December.
  • In the run-up to the 28 September demonstration, members of the Autonomous Battalion of Airborne Troops were deployed in several districts of Conakry, including Bomboli, Hamdalaye, Mapoto and Enco 5. On 29 September, they raided Bomboli and arrested people in their homes and on the streets. They beat some of those they arrested and put them in the boots of vehicles.

Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression, particularly for journalists reporting on anti-government demonstrations or considered hostile by the CNDD, continued to be routinely restricted. Journalists working for private radio stations were intimidated and threatened; some adopted self-censorship by playing music to avoid raids.

  • In August, Diarougba Baldé, a journalist with the Kibarou website, was arrested while covering a demonstration against the CNDD. He was released a few hours later.
  • On 28 September, Moctar Bah and Amadou Diallo, respectively correspondents of the France-based RFI and the UK-based BBC radio stations, were threatened and assaulted by the security forces while covering a rally against the CNDD. Soldiers forced them to their knees in front of dead bodies. Their personal belongings were confiscated and their equipment was smashed.

Amnesty International visit/reports

An Amnesty International delegation visited Guinea in November to carry out research and hold talks with the authorities.

Guinea: What has happened to the civilians and soldiers of whom there is no news? (15 October 2009)
Guinea: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (2 November 2009)
Guinea: Details of violence emerge – Amnesty calls for international commission of inquiry (30 September 2009)
Guinea: Call for suspension of military and police weapons transfers (8 October 2009)
Guinea: Evidence of new arrests, harassment and illegal detentions by security forces (3 December 2009)