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21st October 2020, 15:17:14 UTC

Pro-democracy activist sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

On 10 June, Oumar Sylla, a pro-democracy activist and mobilisation coordinator for National Front for the Defence of the Constitution was sentenced by the Conakry’s Court of Appeal to three year imprisonment for “communication and dissemination of false information, violence and threat of death”.

He must be immediately and unconditionally released as he is being punished for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly.
Oumar Sylla’s health has severely deteriorated since his 14- day hunger strike in December 2020. He has had to be evacuated to hospital several times, the last time only a few weeks ago, on 28 May. In March 2021 he contracted Covid-19.

There have been at least 70 arbitrary arrests of people exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in Guinea from October 2019 to July 2020. At least 50 people were killed by police and army members during the same period in protests.

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