Guinea

Protests against constitutional changes : at least 9 killed, several activists sentenced to prison

The Front national de la défense de la Constitution (FNDC; National Front for the Defense of the Constitution) a coalition of opposition parties, civil society organisations and trade unions formed in April 2019, vowed to use 'all legal means' to oppose any changes in the Constitution, which could see the two-term limit for presidents removed, allowing president Alpha Condé to run for a third term. Nationwide protests, called for by FNDC, were repressed, with at least 9 people killed, while protest leaders were arrested in the days leading up to the protests. Read more

Protests against constitutional changes : at least 9 killed, several  activists sentenced to prison
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Protests remain lethal in Guinea

On 13th June 2019, one person died and at least 28 people were injured when clashes broke out during a protest in N’Zérékoré, a city in the south of Guinea. The protest was called by the Front national pour la défense de la Constitution (FNDC; National Front for the Protection of the Constitution), a platform of opposition and some members of civil society and trade unions formed in April 2019, to demonstrate against a change of the constitution to allow president Condé a third term beyond 2020. Read more

 Protests remain lethal in Guinea
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Opposition protests: two people killed

On 16th October 2018, one person was killed by live ammunition, reportedly fired by the anti-crime brigade, during a two-day 'ville morte' protest action organised by the opposition. The protest action took place in Conakry on 15th and 16th October 2018 to denounce what opposition calls the manipulation and corruption in the installation of municipal councils by the ruling party Read more

Opposition protests: two people killed

Journalist detained after complaint of the Minister of Justice

On 19th June 2018, the National Directorate of the Judicial Police arrested Mamadou Saliou Diallo, journalist and founder of online newssite Nouvellesdeguinee.com after a complaint of Minister of Justice Cheick Sako accusing the journalist of defamation and slander following an article he wrote and published Read more

Journalist detained after complaint of the Minister of Justice

President accuses civil society of conspiring to destabilise the country

During a press conference on 15th May, a coalition of civil society groups - Coalition des Acteurs Sociaux pour la Consolidation des Acquis Démocratiques (C.A.S.C.A.D) - expressed solidarity with Abdourahmane Sanoh, president of Plateforme nationale des Citoyens Unis pour le Développement (National Platform of United Citizens for Development - PCUD) and other civil society actors who have been accused by President Alpha Condé of conspiring to destabilise the country due to their support of the teachers' strike (see under Peaceful Assembly). Read more

President accuses civil society of conspiring to destabilise the country

40 radio stations suspend broadcasting for 24 hours to protest press freedom violations

After its Extraordinary General Assembly on 27th November, the media union Union des Radios et Télévisions Libres de Guinée (URTELGUI) decided to protest violations of freedom of expression by suspending all broadcasting for 24 hours from 12:00am on 28th November, following a three-hour synchronised broadcast on freedom of the press. More than 40 radio stations followed URTELGUI's call to action and solidarity. Read more

40 radio stations suspend broadcasting for 24 hours to protest press freedom violations


Use of live ammunition by security officers during protests

On 16th August, a young man was killed and 12 others wounded during a large opposition demonstration in Conakry, which mobilised between 500,000 and 700,000 protesters, according to numbers by the opposition. The victim, 21-year-old Thierno Hamidou Diallo, "was shot in the chest by a law enforcement officer while sitting on the balcony of his apartment in Bambéto”. According to the minister who expressed regrets on behalf of the security forces, the alleged shooter, a police captain, was arrested and "immediately placed at the disposal of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police". Additionally 6 protesters were detained. Alouine Tine, regional director for West and Central Africa of Amnesty International said: Read more

Use of live ammunition by security officers during protests

At least five killed as student protests turn violent

On 20th February 2017, at least five protestors were killed during student protests in the capital, Conakry. Read more

At least five killed as student protests turn violent

Recent protests turn violent in Guinea

Violence during protests continues to be an issue in Guinea as two protests turned violent over the past month. Read more

Recent protests turn violent in Guinea