Country report and updates: Guinea

Guinea

22/07/1998

1 Conscription

conscription exists

Guinea has conscription. [1] [2] [3]

military service

Military service lasts for 24 months. [2] [3]

postponement and exemption

No information about this is available.

recruitment

About how recruitment actually takes place, no information is available.

2 Conscientious objection

There is no legal provision for conscientious objection. [1]

3 Draft evasion and desertion

Refusal to perform military service is punishable by imprisonment. [1]

No information is available about the actual treatment of draft evaders and deserters.

6 Annual statistics

The armed forces comprise 9,700 troops - which is just over 0.1 percent of the population. It is estimated that 7,500 are serving conscripts. [4]

Furthermore there is a 7,000 strong people's militia, a 1,600 strong Republican Guard and a 1,000 strong Gendarmerie. [4]

Every year approximately 65,000 men reach conscription age. [4]

Sources

[1] Eide, A., C. Mubanga-Chipoya 1985. Conscientious objection to military service, report prepared in pursuance of resolutions 14 (XXXIV) and 1982/30 of the Sub-Commission of Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. United Nations, New York. [2] Guinness World Fact Book. Guinness Publishing, London, 1994. [3] UN Commission on Human Rights 1997. The question of conscientious objection to military service, report of the Secretary-General prepared pursuant to Commission resolution 1995/83. United Nations, Geneva. [4] Institute for Strategic Studies 1997. Military Balance 1997/98. ISS, London, UK.