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Chad: Repression of Protests Continues as Authorities Fail to Protect Right to Freedom of Expression

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Chad: Repression of Protests Continues as Authorities Fail to Protect Right to Freedom of Expression

The Chadian authorities must end this campaign of intimidation against critical voices, respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly

LONDON, UK, October 11, 2021 / APO Group / –

Following the crackdown on a demonstration scheduled for October 9, 2021 by opposition and pro-democracy activists in Chad, Abdoulaye Diarra, Amnesty International Central Africa researcher said:

“The crackdown on this weekend’s protest is the latest in a series of blatant restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful association that we have documented for years in Chad.

“When the authorities’ attempts to ban the demonstration did not deter the demonstrators, the security forces took control of the main streets of the capital N’Djamena and fired tear gas, injuring several people and arresting dozens. of protesters who were released the same day.

“On the morning of the demonstration, texting and Internet networks were said to have been slowed down for hours in certain districts of N’Djamena, confirming the link between the disruptions in Internet access and the moments of political protest that we have observed for the past five years. years in the country.

“Since the start of the political transition, several demonstrations have been banned and repressed by the authorities. Between April 27 and May 19, 2021, at least 16 people were killed during protests in N’Djamena and the southern city of Moundou. The results of the investigations are still awaited.

“The Chadian authorities must end this campaign of intimidation against critical voices, respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. The apparent restrictions on internet connectivity that took place around the protest should be investigated, and Chadians should be allowed free access and exchange of information online.

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