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Statement by the Representative of UNICEF in Guinea on the risks for children during election-related demonstrations

CONAKRY, Guinea, 25 September 2013 - On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Guinea, UNICEF voices concern over the risks of the involvement of children in potentially violent street demonstrations.

Participating in protests can be extremely dangerous for children; they may be injured or even killed. We urge parents and all political candidates to refrain from encouraging children from taking part in any political events that may put their lives at risk. Additionally, children should never be targeted during protests and demonstrations. Their safety and protection must be ensured at all times -regardless of any perceived political affiliation. 
At UNICEF, we strongly and urgently encourage all political parties to sign and abide by the Memorandum for the Protection of Children and Young People of Guinea issued by Children's Parliament of Guinea, Youth Parliament of the Mano River Union (Mano River), Advisory Council for Children and Youth of Guinea, in collaboration with the Directors Communal Youth of Five Towns of
Conakry, UNICEF, and Search for Common Ground.
Mohamed Ayoya, MD, PhD
For further information, please contact: 
Timothy La Rose, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Guinea Conakry,
Tel.: (+224) 631 70 14 60/61 

Almamy Barry,  UNICEF-Guinée Conakry
tel.: (+224) 622 344 869 
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For More Information about the Memorandum for the Protection of Children and Young People of Guinea please contact:
Search for Common Ground
tel.: (+224) 622 323 212



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