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A group of Christian lawyers have come together to start meetings and fellowship in this relatively small French-speaking West African country. Foromo Frédéric Loua, one of our main contacts in the country attended the 2008 AI Global convocation, the first time Guinea was represented in any AI sponsored gathering.
The fellowship, Advocates Guinea (Association of Guinean Christian Lawyers) [“Advocates Guinée (Association des Juristes Chrétiens de Guinée”)] was formed in May 2008. They have not yet obtained registration at an official administrative level. There are currently about 15 members.
The fellowship meets together to promote friendship between its different members. It aims to promote human rights in Guinea; to contribute towards training citizens in their rights and duties on every level; to consolidate peace and stability in Guinea; to bring aid to those in prison in Guinea; and to promote the scriptures and word of God as a code of conduct.
Guinea-Conakry is currently going through a very difficult period politically and is at a crucial turning point in its history. In December 2008, Moussa Dadis Camara seized control of Guinea as the head of a junta. On 28 September 2009, the junta ordered its soldiers to attack people who had gathered to protest any attempt by Camara to stand for President in the up-coming elections (2010). The soldiers went on a rampage of rape, mutilation and murder. On 3 December 2009, an aide shot Camara during a dispute about the rampage of September 2009. Camara has since been out of the country for medical care. The President of Burkina Faso helped negotiate a formal statement promising a return to civilian rule within six months. It was agreed that the military would not contest the forthcoming elections and Camara would continue his convalescence outside Guinea. On 21 January 2010, the military junta appointed Jean-Marie Doré as Prime Minister of a six month transition government, leading to elections. Much prayer is needed for this country and these coming elections.
Religious freedom is respected in the country, although some Islamic extremists are active. (The country is 80% Muslim). However, in general, Christians do not suffer any particular persecution.
Contact a Local Advocate:
Maître Foromo Frédéric Loua