NewsUSAThe US sanctions the former president of Guinea for his connection to serious human rights abuses

The US sanctions the former president of Guinea for his connection to serious human rights abuses

Archive – Former President of Guinea Alpha Conde – Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa – Archive

The United States has sanctioned this Friday the former president of Guinea Alpha Conde for his connection with “serious abuses against Human Rights”, which represents the culmination of an investigation and a process that has lasted for years, according to the statement issued by the US Treasury Department.

The North American country has assured that this designation has no relation to the transition process that is currently taking place in the African country, but that it “underlines the commitment (of the United States) to support Human Rights worldwide” since that their respect is at the “center” of their foreign policy.

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The statement details that during the Conde presidency, security forces committed violent acts against opposition supporters from the 2020 constitutional referendum campaign until after the presidential elections of that same year.

“Reports indicate that in 2020 the government arbitrarily arrested and detained members of the opposition. Around the Guinean presidential election in October 2020, security forces used excessive force to disperse opposition supporters.” Pick up the writing.

In addition, the Department notes that live bullets were fired into the crowd gathered in support of the former president’s opposition, resulting in one minor being killed and another injured while fleeing from security forces. Likewise, these bodies would have ended the lives of more than a dozen people at point blank range who did not represent “an immediate danger to the security forces.”

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In total this Friday the United States has sanctioned a total of 40 people, coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Over the past year, the Treasury Department has made fighting corruption and serious human rights abuses a top priority,” said Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen.


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