Security forces in Guinea urged to curb excessive use of forceListen /
Authorities in Guinea have been urged to curb excessive use of force by security forces and to allow people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly.
The appeal by the UN human rights office follows violent clashes between protesters and security forces during an opposition rally in the capital, Conakry, on Monday.
The UN human rights office says security forces reportedly used live bullets and tear gas in the home of an opposition leader where they also arrested and severely assaulted people.
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville says this came three weeks after six people were killed in the town of Zogota after protesters vandalized the facilities of a mining company.
"Law enforcement officials must respect the international legal standards for maintaining public order, including detailed guidelines governing the use of live ammunition. Given the tense political climate in Guinea, we call on all stakeholders to exercise restraint. Demonstrators must be allowed to exercise their rights to peaceful assembly and expression, and law enforcement officials should enforce law and order in a proportionate manner." (Duration: 24")
Rupert Colville said the UN human rights office welcomes the government's decision to investigate the killings in Zogota and urges it to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.