Chad

At least 16 killed, hundreds arrested in protests to demand a return to civilian rule

At least 16 people were killed in protests between 27th April and 19th May 2021 in Chad's capital N'Djamena and Moundou and over 700 people were arrested in relation to the protests. On 27th April 2021, at least six people - nine people according to Chadian human rights organisation Convention tchadienne de défense des droits de l’homme (CTDDH) - were killed in protests against the Transitional Military Council in N'Djamena and Moundou. The protests, organised by Wakit Tama, a coalition of civil society organisations and opposition parties, were repressed by police, who reportedly used live ammunition and tear gas against protesters. Read more

At least 16 killed, hundreds arrested in protests to demand a return to civilian rule

Increasing civic space restrictions months ahead of presidential poll

On 4th February 2021, authorities issued a ban on protests across the country, citing fears of public disorder. The ban followed a call by a coalition of opposition parties, human rights organisations and civil society organisations to mobilise on 6th February 2021 to protest against president Idriss Déby running for a sixth term in the upcoming April 2021 elections. On 6th February 2021, more than 100 people were arrested throughout the country. Read more  |  Read in French

Increasing civic space restrictions months ahead of presidential poll

National media regulator suspends twelve newspapers, threatens three others with sanctions

On 7th September 2020, Chad's national media regulator, la haute autorité des médias audiovisuels du Tchad (HAMA), suspended 12 newspapers - about a quarter of the country's newspaper titles according to Reporters without Borders (RSF) - for a period of three months on grounds of 'non-compliance with the law'. Read more  |  Read in French

National media regulator suspends twelve newspapers, threatens three others with sanctions

Court suspends head of human rights organisation; access to WhatsApp blocked

On 12th August 2020, the president of the High Court of N'Djamena signed a court order suspending the secretary general of the human rights organisation Convention tchadienne de défense des droits de l’Homme (CTDDH; Chadian Convention for the Protection of Human Rights) Mahamat Nour Ibedou. Read more  |  Read in French

Court suspends head of human rights organisation; access to WhatsApp blocked

HRD arrested, three-year prison sentence for journalist overturned on appeal

On 5th May 2020, the Appeal Court of N'Djamena overturned the ruling by the Court of First Instance that sentenced journalist Martin Inoua Doulguet to a prison sentence of three years and to high fines and damages on 23rd September 2019. The Appeal Court concluded that there were 'procedural flaws' and reproached the court for prosecuting the journalist under the Penal Code in violation of the law that regulates the press, according to Inoua Doulguet's lawyers. Read more  |  Read in French

HRD arrested, three-year prison sentence for journalist overturned on appeal

Human rights defender and journalist arrested and charged, later released

On 4th December 2019, the Secretary General of the human rights organisation Convention Tchadienne pour la Défense des Droits Humains (CTDDH - Chadian Convention for the Protection of Human Rights) Mahamat Nour Ibedou was charged with 'murder' and 'complicity to murder' after being arrested the previous day, on 3rd December 2019. Read more  |  Read in French

Human rights defender and journalist arrested and charged, later released

Journalists prosecuted, media outlets suspended

On 23rd September 2019, a court in N'Djamena sentenced journalist and editor for the quarterly Salam Info, Martin Inoua Doulguet, to a prison sentence of three years and a high fine of two million CFA francs (3,390 USD), to be paid jointly with co-accused Abdramane Boukar Koyom, editor of the satirical newspaper Le Moustik. The latter was not given a prison sentence. Read more  |  Read in French

Journalists prosecuted, media outlets suspended

CSOs condemn restrictive legislation on freedom of association

Amnesty International and four federations of CSOs in Chad - Mouvement IYINA, Collectif des associations de défense des droits de l’homme, Collectif ça suffit and Trop c’est trop - have condemned the new restrictive regulations. In their report 'the use of national legislation to restrict the right to freedom of association' the following restrictions in the ordinance are outlined. Read more  |  Read in French

CSOs condemn restrictive legislation on freedom of association

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Chadian media regulator High Authority for Media and Broadcasting (HAMA) ordered, on 30th August 2018, the closure of the weekly newspaper Al-Chahed for a period of three months on grounds of 'plagiary' and 'spreading false news'. The charges go back to the newspaper's article 'Who is behind the Chadian rebel forces in the north?', claiming that both Qatar and Sudan are linked to the rebels in northern Chad. Read more

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Access to certain sites and social media and message applications such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger was, for the second time this year, restricted since 28th March. According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), the fresh restrictions happened in the aftermath of a forum on the change of the country's political and administrative institutions, which was boycotted by the opposition. Read more

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018