12/02/2019

Urgent Action: Five Activists in Detention (Guinea: UA 165.19)


Five pro-democracy activists, Alseny Farinta Camara, Moussa Sanoh, Boubacar Diallo, Thierno Seydi Ly and Thierno Oumar Barry, were arrested on 14 November 2019 in Kindia, western Guinea, and charged with participation in an unauthorized gathering. They are all members of pro-democracy coalition National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC in French). Two of the activists require medical attention.

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Mamadou Lamine Fofana
Minister of Justice
BP: 564 Conakry
Guinea
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Kerfalla Yansane
Embassy of the Republic of Guinea
2112 Leroy Pl. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 986 4300
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2CpLqLu
Facebook: @EmbassyofGuineainWashingtonDC
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister,

I am writing to you about five pro-democracy activists and members of FNDC who were arrested on 14 November 2019 and have since been detained in Kindia Prison, in western Guinea, in connection with their participation in a protest against the revision of Guinea’s Constitution.

Alseny Farinta Camara, Moussa Sanoh, Boubacar Diallo, Thierno Seydi Ly and Thierno Oumar Barry have been charged with participation in an unauthorized gathering.

Alseny Farinta Camara, local coordinator of FNDC, has alleged that he was the victim of ill-treatment by police officers during his arrest and, according to relatives, his health condition is poor. Moussa Sanoh suffers from asthma and the overcrowded conditions of his detention are putting his health at risk.

Such actions blatantly violate the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, which are guaranteed by Guinea’s Constitution (article 7 and 10) and Guinea’s international obligations.

In light of the above, I urge you to immediately and unconditionally release the activists and drop the charges against them; in the meantime, ensure that Alseny Farinta Camara and Moussa Sanoh have access to adequate healthcare; refrain from further arrests of individuals for exercising their right to peaceful assembly; effectively investigate the allegation of ill-treatment of Alseny Farinta Camara during his arrest.

Your sincerely,

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