Guinea: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st January 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Guinea on reports that two people were killed by security forces during protests in that country.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The British Government is concerned by reports of the deteriorating political environment in Guinea, and about demonstrations that have led to a number of violent incidents, including deaths. In its statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 35th Universal Periodic Review on 21 January, the UK urged the Government of Guinea to ensure the safety of journalists and human rights defenders, so they could exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association without fear of reprisals. We also said that it was crucial that elections were transparent, fair, timely and credible.

The United Kingdom supports freedom of expression as a fundamental human right alongside freedom of the media. We regularly raise our concerns about civic and political issues with the Government of Guinea, most recently by our Ambassador in Conakry who met Guinea’s Minister for Foreign Affairs on 23 January.

The UK, alongside other international partners, has urged all parties to renew dialogue, avoid disproportionate use of force, and demonstrate calmness and restraint. The British Government stands ready to support Guinea in its efforts to become a more peaceful, stable and democratic country.

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