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Guinea reviewed by the UPR: partial boycott by African States
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 17:26

On 4 May 2010, Guinea was reviewed by the Working Group on the UPR. The delegation was of high-level calibre, and led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bakary Fofana. Guinea's opening statement noted recent political upheaval in the country, and the 10 January 2010 Ouagadougou Agreement which has constituted the beginnings of a return to peace and stability. Guinea also referred to ongoing institutional reform, its commitment to ending impunity and countering violence, as well as numerous challenges faced in particular poverty and illiteracy. States that spoke generally noted Guinea’s transitional government, and it was noteworthy that very few African States participated in the review, apparently because they consider the current government illegitimate. Many States welcomed the Ouagadougou agreement and the current efforts towards establishing an OHCHR office, while also highlighting several issues of concern and making relevant recommendations:

  • To ensure that upcoming elections be free, transparent and fair, and allow the presence of international observers, while guaranteeing that freedom of expression and assembly are fully guaranteed
  • Women's human rights, especially the need to change discriminatory laws against women, including those on violence against women, and to increase awareness of these rights. It was recommended that Guinea address problems such as FGM, sexual abuse, rape, marital rape, high unemployment of women, and a low representation of women in public and political life
  • human trafficking continues to be tackled
  • It was recommended that Guinea abolish the death penalty in all cases and ratifying the Optional Protocol to ICCPR
  • To accede to all outstanding human rights treaties, and ensure timely reporting to the treaty bodies
  • The need to ensure that the violent events of 28 September 2009 are fully investigated, and perpetrators are held accountable, and to end impunity for human rights violators, and guarantee victims and their families appropriate reparation
  • working towards an independent judiciary
  • establishing an independent national human rights institution in compliance with the Paris Principles

Guinea responded three times to questions raised and stated that it is working to investigate crimes committed on 28 September 2009 and has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 2002 and will consider full abolition. The delegation also highlighted current reform processes, i.e. of security and police forces, the drafting of a new constitution, and expressed strong commitment to disseminating women's issues and reporting to treaty bodies. During the adoption of the outcome, Guinea explained that out of 105 recommendations, it had some issues with nine of them and would examine these further before the adoption of the report by the Council in September.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 07:51
 
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