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The Issue

On Saturday 18th May 2024, a group of peaceful protesters from the Front Popular, a political movement in Guinea Bissau were arrested by security forces in Bissau. Acting on order of the Minister of the Interior, the security forces disrupted a scheduled peaceful demonstration and proceeded to detain numerous protesters, including the leaders of the organization.

The peaceful march was organized with the objective of demanding the restoration of the rule of law and democracy, as well as addressing the pressing issue of high food prices. The arrests escalated into uncontrolled violence, including the beating and arrest of individuals not involved in the demonstration.

Response by Civil Society:

The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Guinea-Bissau has issued a statement denouncing the abusive actions of the security forces in Guinea Bissau sanctioned by the Interior Ministry. It also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all those detained during the demonstration.

Call to Action

  • Civil Society must demand for the protection of civil liberties, especially the need to safeguard the rights of citizens to express their grievances peacefully. Civil society in Guinea Bissau must actively resist any and all actions that suppress these rights.
  • The Government of Guinea Bissau should investigate the issues thoroughly and hold those responsible for the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators, particularly the Minister of the Interior and the Secretary of State, to equity.

For inquiries and further information, please contact us at:

West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)

8, Jaba Close, Opposite FCDA Minister’s Gate

Area 11, Garki Abuja – Nigeria

Tel: +234 903 393 9809



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