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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
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
I am concerned about the unfair conviction on 16 November of pro-democracy activist and member of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), Saïkou Yaya Diallo, who has been sentenced to one year in prison, with 5 months suspended.
Saïkou Yaya Diallo was arrested on 7 May 2020 and charged with “assault, violence, threats and public insults” and transferred to Conakry prison, where he has since been held. On 25 March, during a FNDC press conference, FNDC members, including Saïkou Yaya Diallo, locked a suspected intelligence agent claiming to be a journalist in an office while waiting for a crowd to disperse outside, presumably to protect the agent from potential violence from the crowd of opposition activists. According to several witnesses, Saïkou Yaya Diallo was not involved in any violence. Prior to his conviction, he was arbitrarily detained despite two court-issued release orders.
I am concerned that Saïkou Yaya Diallo has been convicted solely in connection to his pro-democracy activism with the FNDC; he has already spent 6 months in arbitrary detention and is now due to serve another month in line with his sentencing. I am also deeply concerned about Saïkou Yaya Diallo’s health while in detention as not only does he suffer from chronic diabetes, which requires a strict diet and treatment, but his condition puts him at a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.
I urge you to quash Saïkou Yaya Diallo’s conviction and grant his immediate and unconditional release; ensure that, pending his release, Saïkou Yaya Diallo’s conditions of detention are in line with international standards, including access to healthcare, water, the appropriate food for his diet, and regular access to his family; and end harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders and activists, including members of pro-democracy groups in Guinea.