I am concerned about the unfair conviction on 16 November of pro-democracy activist and member of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), Saïkou Yaya Diallo, who has been sentenced to one-year in prison, wholly suspended for 5 months. I am concerned that Saïkou Yaya Diallo has been convicted solely in connection to his pro-democracy activism. I am also deeply concerned about Saïkou Yaya Diallo’s health as his precondition puts him at a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.
In light of the above, I urge you to quash Saïkou Yaya Diallo’s conviction and grant his immediate and unconditional release. Please ensure that, pending his release, Saïkou Yaya Diallo’s conditions of detention are in line with international standards, including access to healthcare, water, the appropriate food for his diet, and regular access to his family. If contact visits are restricted due to COVID-19 preventive measures, they must be replaced with other means of contact, for example, by phone, emails or video calls. I call on you to end harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders and activists, including members of pro-democracy groups in Guinea.