October 6, 2015

Guinea: Release Jean Dougou Guilavogui and the Trade Unionists (UA 221/15)




Following the wave or arrests of opposition members and trade unionists ahead of the 11 October elections, 10 of the at least 35 opposition members arrested in Koundara, northern Guinea, have been released on bail. The other 25, including a minor, are still in detention. Five trade unionists, including Jean Dougo Guilavogui, remain in arbitrary detention in Conakry, the capital. Their trial has been postponed and Jean Dougo Guilavogui has been denied access to adequate medical care.

1) Please write immediately in French, English or your own language:
  • Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Jean Dougo Guilavogui and the other trade unionists as they are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and currently being held without trial;
  • Urging them to release opposition activists arrested in Koundara who did not use or advocate violence and ensure that all children are separated from adults when they are held in detention awaiting transfer to organizations responsible for the protection of children;
  • Calling on them to immediately ensure that all of those detained are allowed to challenge the lawfulness of their detention and provided with appropriate medical treatment and care, in accordance with their wishes. 
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 221/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.