Urgent Action: Pro-Democracy Activists Detained (Guinea: UA 29.20)

March 23, 2020

Guinean pro-democracy activists Sékou Koundono and Ibrahima Diallo were released on 13 March, but they still face charges, and both remain under judicial supervision. Amnesty International believes the charges against them of assault, assaulting a public officer and production and dissemination of data threatening public order and security are trumped up and must be immediately and unconditionally dropped, pending investigation.

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Mohamed Lamine Fofana
Minister of Justice
BP: 564 Conakry
Guinea
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Kerfalla Yansané
Embassy of the Republic of Guinea
2112 Leroy Pl NW Washington, DC 20008
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister,

While I welcome the release of activists Ibrahima Diallo and Sékou Koundono on 13 March, I am concerned that they are both subject to judicial supervision and that the trumped up charges against them of assault, assaulting a public officer and production and dissemination of data threatening public order and security are still pending.

On 12 March, the Court of Appeal ordered the release of Ibrahima Diallo and Sékou Koundouno. The two activists were released on the next day, 13 March, but remain under judicial supervision. They must report once a week to the office of the investigating judge in charge of the case.

Amnesty International believes that the activists are facing trumped-up charges, linked to their comments regarding Commissioner Fabou Camara, violating their right to freedom of expression which is guaranteed by Guinea’s Constitution (article 7 and 10) and Guinea’s international obligations.

I urge you to immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against them and end the judiciary control; and refrain from further arrests of individuals for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Yours sincerely,

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