U.S. Treasury Department Sanctions Former President Alpha Condé for Serious Human Rights Abuses in Guinea
Conakry, December 9, 2022
The United States is sanctioning former President of Guinea Alpha Condé for his connection to serious human rights abuses. This designation by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is the culmination of a thorough, multi-year investigation and process. Neither this designation nor the timing of its announcement is related to Guinea’s ongoing transition to democracy. Advancing respect for human rights is at the center of U.S. foreign policy, and this designation underscores our commitment to support human rights globally.
During Condé’s presidency, security forces engaged in violence against opposition supporters leading up to a March 2020 constitutional referendum and continuing through and after the 2020 Guinean presidential election. In early 2020, Condé ordered ministers to create a police unit to respond to anti-Condé protestors, with violence if necessary. Reporting indicates that in 2020 the government arbitrarily arrested and detained opposition members. Around the October 2020 Guinean presidential election, security forces used excessive force to disperse opposition supporters. Among other incidents, security forces reportedly fired live bullets into crowds that had gathered to celebrate the announcement of Condé’s opposition, shooting two minors, killing one, and shooting the other in the back as he ran from the security forces. After the October 2020 election, security forces reportedly killed over a dozen individuals, including individuals killed at close range who presented no immediate danger to the security forces. Alpha Condé is therefore being designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being a foreign person who is or has been a leader or official of an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuses relating to his tenure.
Condé joins more than 40 other individuals being sanctioned today, coinciding with International Human Rights Day and International Anti-Corruption Day. “Over the past year, Treasury has made combatting corruption and serious human rights abuse a top priority,” said Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. The United States will continue to promote accountability for human rights abusers and corrupt actors across the world.
For more information on today’s designation, please visit the U.S. Department of Treasury’s press release and the U.S. Department of State press release.