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Chad: Anti-succession protest killings must be investigated

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Protests against ‘succession’ of President Idriss Déby’s son Mahamat after leader’s death last week Civil society organisations and opposition parties call for further protests ‘No one should face arrest for simply exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression’ - Marceau Sivieude Following the deaths of at least five protesters in Chad yesterday - with many others injured and arrested - Marceau Sivieude, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Deputy Director, said: “These deadly protests have erupted because the succession of Mahamat Idriss Déby is considered

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Human rights defender gets 3 year jail term

Baradine Berdei Targuio
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Arrest or detention as punishment for the legitimate exercise of human rights, including the right to freedom of expression, is arbitrary and violates the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has determined that those detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights must be immediately released.

Baradine Berdei Targuio’s detention comes amidst a context of general repression of those exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the country, particularly as presidential elections scheduled for April 2021 are approaching. More information on this situation can be found in Amnesty International’s latest press release on Chad.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has called on all member states, in its resolution 466 on prisons and conditions of detention in Africa, to release different groups of detainees amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including human rights defenders, “in order to reduce overcrowding in prisons and curb the spread of the Coronavirus”.

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Human Rights Defender facing bogus charges

Baradine Berdei Targuio
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Since 2017, Amnesty International has repeatedly documented and campaigned on cases of arbitrary arrest and detention of activists and human rights defenders in Chad and has made to the authorities recommendations to protect human rights defenders and journalists, including to ensure that they can operate in a safe environment and free from arbitrary arrest. Amnesty International has also called on the authorities to refrain from using the criminal justice system to target and harass human rights defenders and journalists for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. For more information see Amnesty International’s 2017 report on ‘The Rising Cost of Dissent in Chad’. During its last Universal Periodic Review in 2018, Chad accepted the recommendations to develop and adopt a law to recognize and protect human rights defenders:

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Chad: Human rights defender held incommunicado

The President of the Chadian Human Rights Organization was taken by armed men on 24 Jan and is being held incommunicado.

First UA: 7/20
Apr 20 2018 4:59PM
Good News! Mahadine has been released

Thank to everyone who donated in support of your Mahadine appeal. We delighted to tell you the brilliant news that Mahadine has been released and is back with his family.

Urgent Action good news: Chadian youth activist unconditionally released

Alain Didah Kemba, spokesperson of the Chadian youth movement IYINA, was unconditionally released on 26 February.

1st update on UA 44/18 issued 28/02/2018

Urgent Action: Detained Chadian youth activist alleges torture

Alain Didah Kemba, spokesperson of the Chadian youth movement IYINA, was arrested on 19 February.

UA 44/18 issued 22/02/2018
Sep 25 2017 4:00PM
Trump’s new travel ban cannot stand in any form

And so the catastrophe continues: Donald Trump’s senseless travel ban has been extended to include restrictions on travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. For Yemen, the bitter irony of this...

Chad: 'sinister' and 'brutal' crackdown on government critics - new report

65 peaceful protests blocked in two years and more than 10 critical websites banned “Sinister role” of the Chadian security forces must be stopped Documented use of threatening anonymous phone calls and surveillance: “calls are either silent, or someone would say ‘just try speaking and you will see’” – a human rights lawyer in Chad Chadian security and intelligence forces are increasingly using repressive laws and cracking down on human rights activists, unionists and journalists in an attempt to silence critics, Amnesty International can reveal, in a new report published today. Following two

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Urgent Action update: Chadian activist granted provisional release

Chadian activist Maoundoe Decladore Djikoldingam has been granted provisional release by an investigating judge pending an investigation into his case, and so that he can receive medical treatment.

1st update on UA 118/17 issued 07/06/2017
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