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Guinea: Human Rights

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to monitor the human rights situation in Guinea. (296814)

The UK strongly condemns the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators during the opposition rally of 28 September 2009 in Conakry, which resulted in gross violations of human rights, including deaths, injuries and rapes.

Our ambassador in Guinea is an active member of the International Contact Group on Guinea (ICG-G) and maintains a constant dialogue with EU and G8 partners on the ground to ensure the UK fully monitors the human rights situation in Guinea. Our ambassadors in the West African region are also in contact with President Chambas of the Economic Community of Western African States and the governments of Guinea's neighbours.

The UK strongly supports the decision by the UN Secretary General to establish an International Commission of Inquiry into the events of 28 September 2009 and we will work closely with EU partners to take account of the initial recommendations by UN Assistant Secretary General, Haile Menkerios, following his recent visit to Guinea.