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Was Diallo rightfully detained?

Tomorrow will be the day Ahmadou Sadio Diallo faces the the International Court of Justice. Mr. Diallo was detained in 1985 and subsequently deported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) in 1986. Labelled as a ‘refusal of entry’, the DRC has denied Diallo’s legal recourse.

Guinea, Diallo’s homeland, then submitted his case to the International Court of Justice, claiming he has been deprived of his human rights and dignity, not only as himself but has a shareholder of companies.

Judge Augusto Trindade stated before the first hearing, that, “there have been various conventions that have been violated in this case.”

Guinea has stated, during the first hearing, that several conventions has been violated during the detention and deportation of Diallo, notably the The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981.

The DRC claims that the case has never been a matter of diplomatic relationships, and that Guinea has failed to present any evidence that the rights of Diallo were violated.

The judges are unanimous on the lack of proof to confirm the statements of both parties. They expect more to be presented later today.

Laurence Pinet - The Globe and Mail

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