Last Updated 10 November 2016

Guinea is a former French colony in Western Africa, today it is a multi-party presidential republic following years of one-party control and military coups. Religious freedom issues persist in the country for the majority Muslim population as well as for other religious and nonreligious groups. Guinea is a member state of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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Constitution and government

The constitution of Guinea recognises freedom of religion or belief in theory. However, Freedom House has complained in their Freedom in the World Report of cases of discrimination, and other issues regarding religious freedom in Guinea.

“There have been rare cases of discrimination against non-Muslims in government employment, as well as restrictions on Muslims’ freedom to convert to other religions.”

— Freedom House, Freedom In The World

Education and children’s rights

The majority of schools are religious in nature. Islamic schools predominate and madrassah, with a heavily Islamic curriculum focusing on the Koran and teaching in Arabic, at the expense of all secular subjects, have resisted integration into the national framework, but they are unrecognised by the government, which has been trying to integrate them.

Family, community and society

In July 2013 there were 3 days of sectarian violence Nzerekore city, between ethnic Kpelle (Christian or animist), and ethnic Konianke (Muslims). 54 were killed, including some who were burned alive. The military imposed a curfew, and President Conde made a televised appeal for calm.

The imams and administrative staff of the principal mosque in Conakry, the national capital, are government employees.

Freedom of expression, advocacy of humanist values

Religious groups are granted access to government television and radio stations, which broadcast religious messages. However, ownership of radio and television channels by religion and political groups is prohibited.

There are serious concerns about broader restrictions on protest and any media that is critical of the government.

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