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Guinea: Human Rights

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the level of human rights abuses in the Republic of Guinea. (228216)

In September 2008, EU ambassadors in Guinea reported on the human rights situation ahead of an Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement mission to the country. The Article 96 mission will shortly be reporting its findings to the EU. The Minister for Europe will then write to the European Scrutiny Committee to provide an update on Article 96 discussions including human rights.

The Minister for Europe’s last letter to the European Scrutiny Committee contained in the Select Committee on European Scrutiny’s 22nd report can be found at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmeuleg/16-xx/16xx15.htm

The UK remains particularly concerned about the slow pace of democratisation and the lack of progress by the Guinean government to implement the terms of its agreement with local unions following the general strike of 2007, including establishment of a commission of inquiry into the events surrounding the strike and the deaths of over 100 Guineans during the strike.