The ALN condemns the brutal repression by the armed forces on the “Ghost town” day organised by the Guinean opposition on the 25th of November. The violence left many people injured, led to arbitrary arrests and the deaths of two young civilians aged 19 and 13. The member parties of the Network would like to offer their condolences to the grieving families and express their deep concern regarding the on-going violence against activists of the opposition for nearly 3 years now.
The ALN congratulates and encourages the strengthening of the Alliance between the Guinean parties that are members of the network. This electoral Alliance helped the parties involved to win 41% of the seats in the future parliament, despite multiple cases of fraud being witnessed.
The African Liberal Network is appealing to Guinea’s technical and financial partners, especially the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the French-speaking community and the European Union to demand that the Guinean authorities do everything in their power to ensure that the agreement of 3 July 2013, to which they were signatories and guarantors, be respected. Of particular importance is the decision in the agreement to recruit a new electoral body for the presidential elections in 2015.
Under current conditions, the Africa Liberal Network is convinced that future elections, especially the very important presidential elections in 2015, will not be free or democratic, and that they could lead to violence, which could endanger the stability and unity of the country.
The Africa Liberal Network will work with all its member parties and Liberal International in order raise support for the establishment of a consensual framework for dialogue, such as the one demanded by the Republican opposition.
The ALN appeals to the Guinean authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to ensure that all those who committed or ordered crimes to be committed against peaceful demonstrators be brought to book and punished in accordance with the law.