• We Have Lived in Darkness

    guineaBy Human Rights Watch, May 2011. To sustain momentum generated by Guinea’s first ever democratic elections in 2010, President Alpha Condé must take decisive steps to address weaknesses within the judicial system and ensure that domestic investigations and prosecutions are conducted fairly and independently, particularly for those responsible for the 2007 and 2009 massacres of peaceful demonstrators. The government should also implement the pertinent recommendations contained in the joint ECOWAS-UN security sector reform roadmap, such as steady reductions of troop strength and military spending, both of which have risen considerably over the last decade. Download the Article: [ENGLISH] [FRANÇAIS]
  • Guinea at a Crossroads: Opportunities for a More Robust Civil Society

    By Kalie Sillah and Charles Kojo VanDyck, West Africa Civil Society, 2009. While the quest for self-rule, democracy and good governance has been the fundamental motivating factor behind the emergence and proliferation of civil society institutions in Guinea, structural difficulties have hampered its progress. Sillah and VanDyck explore civil-political patronage and how it has affected the development of a viable civil society in Guinea. Historical analysis for these institutional weaknesses is traced post-independence from President Toure to the present. In spite of the challenges faced, the authors are of the belief that a viable civil society is a realistic prospect in the evolving Guinean political landscape. Download the Article: [PDF]