Guinea in post-election state of emergency

Nov. 18, 2010 at 8:01 PM
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CONAKRY, Guinea, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A human-rights group said Thursday it is calling on Guinea officials to halt extrajudicial executions, arrests and torture in the aftermath of its elections.

Amnesty International said Guinea authorities declared a state of emergency Wednesday, three days after Alpha Conde was proclaimed prime minister by the Independent Electoral National Commission.

In the post-election crackdown, there have been several deaths and more than 50 people detained arbitrarily, Amnesty said.

"Unless the Guinean authorities put an immediate stop to the unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force by its military and police, there is a risk that the country will be plunged into a situation which could give rise to further, serious, human rights abuses," said Amnesty International researcher Gaetan Mootoo.

"Transferring responsibility for the maintenance of law and order to the security forces is likely to further aggravate a situation that is already extremely worrying. In the past two decades the military and the police have repeatedly fired live bullets at unarmed demonstrators," Mootoo said.

The state of emergency will remain in place until the Supreme Court confirms the election results, expected Monday.

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