Human Rights Watch condemned “excessive use of force against demonstrators”, “inhuman and degrading treatment” and “torture”.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Chadian security forces of implementing “Relentless Suppression” Opposing the opposition that will hold the presidential election on April 11, the outgoing President Idriss Déby Itno will surely win.
For months, political parties and civil society organizations have convened marches every Saturday “peacefully” For one “Alternation of Power”. At the smallest gatherings, the police surrounded the headquarters of the parties and their leaders’ residences and carried out a banned and violent decentralized demonstration. According to witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch, “Security forces beat the protesters with whips, clubs and truncheons”. “A protester also stated that he was electrocuted while in detention”, The NGO continues to defend human rights in its press release.
In response, in a statement released on Thursday, the campaign manager of Idriss Déby attacked “The real indictment is disguised as the so-called report”, Who wants “The vote to discredit the president”. “Contrary to Human Rights Watch’s allegations, all candidate campaign teams enjoy full freedom of action, assembly and expression.”, The statement continues.
According to Human Rights Watch, security forces used tear gas during protests organized by the opposition. “At least 112 members and supporters of opposition parties and civil society activists were arbitrarily arrested, and some of them were beaten.”.Human Rights Watch condemns “Excessive use of force against demonstrators”, of “Inhumane and degrading treatment” And behavior «Torture».
Chad’s Minister of Justice, Djimet Arabi, was questioned by Human Rights Watch, who believed that the police had already taken action. “Professionalism” Demonstrations prohibited by the authorities “Sometimes it leads to violence […] Demonstrators burned tires on different roads”.