Chad

Six members and supporters of Wakit Tama arrested, charged following protest

Between 14th and 17th May 2022, six Wakit Tama members and supporters, including protest organisers, were arrested: secretary-general of the Trade Unions of Chad, Gounoung Vaima Ganfare; lawyer at the Chadian Bar Association Koudé Mbaïnaïssem; President of the Group of Civil Society Executives Hissène Massar Hissène, former ambassador Allamine Adoudou, secretary-general of the Union of Chadian Supplier Traders Youssouf Korom and spokesperson for Wakit Tama Max Loalngar, the former head of human rights organisation Chadian Human Rights League (Ligue Tchadienne de droits de l’homme). The six were charged with gathering to cause public disturbance, harm to property, and physical assault. The trial of the six is set to start on 6th June 2022. Read more

Six members and supporters of Wakit Tama arrested, charged following  protest

Wakit Tama continues to protest, military authorities continue to restrict the right to protest

Wakit Tama, a coalition of opposition and civil society, continued to protest against the Transitional Military Council's governance. On 11th December 2021, after several postponements due to bans issued by authorities, Wakit Tama protested in N'Djamena, gathering a thousand people according to media sources. The protesters demanded a more inclusive transition and a revision of the transitional charter. Read more  |  Read in French

Wakit Tama continues to protest, military authorities continue to restrict the right to protest

Protests against Chad’s Transitional Military Council continue

Protests against Chad’s Transitional Military Council continued in July and August 2021. On 29th July and 7th August 2021, protests organised by Wakit Tama and other organisations took place in Chad’s capital N’Djamena, gathering hundreds of people. The N’Djamena protests, which were on both occasions authorised by authorities, was organised against the Transitional Military Council and the transition process, deemed to be non-inclusive and lacking transparency. Read more

Protests against Chad’s Transitional Military Council continue

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  |  Read in French

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