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Chad: Increasing use of repressive laws amid brutal crackdown on human rights activists

• 65 associations refused authorization for peaceful protests in two years
• 13 ministerial decrees banning protests in 2016 alone
• Over 10 critical websites blocked

Human rights defenders, citizens’ movements, unionists and journalists critical of the government are facing growing danger as the government increasingly uses repressive laws and intelligence service to muzzle critics and hamper their work, Amnesty International reveals in a new report published today.

Between recession and repression . The rising cost of dissent in Chad’ documents how the authorities have over the recent years responded to growing public discontent, with ever greater restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

“Instead of recognizing the important and entirely legitimate work of activists who take a brave stand against injustice and undertake peaceful action to improve human rights, authorities in Chad have been particularly active in enacting laws and regulations which remove the right to protest, place activists under surveillance, and targeting them with harassment, threats and physical attacks,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Director.

Security forces and intelligence agency are overseeing a brutal crackdown which has made criticism of government increasingly dangerous over the past two years and now threatening to steer the country back to dark days of repression

Alioune Tine Amnesty International Regional Director for West and Central Africa

“Security forces and intelligence agency are overseeing a brutal crackdown which has made criticism of government increasingly dangerous over the past two years and now threatening to steer the country back to dark days of repression”.

Since early 2016, ahead of the April presidential election, the authorities have intensified their efforts to repress human rights. Peaceful demonstrations have been systematically…

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