Chad: The UN Human Rights Office is deeply disturbed by the violence against demonstrators


Six people were reportedly killed and several others injured in the capital, N’Djamena, on Tuesday – and in the second largest city, Mundo, Marta Hurtado, a spokeswoman for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Tell The regular press conference in Geneva.

While more than 700 people have been arrested, it is not clear how many remain in detention.

Respect human rights

With more protests and general strikes scheduled to take place in the coming days, Ms. Hurtado said that Chad remains “bound by its obligations” under international human rights law to “protect and respect human rights,” including the right to life, and “facilitate the exercise of the right to freedom.” Peaceful assembly. ”

She told reporters that a blanket ban on demonstrations would “undermine the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly.”

She recalled that the Transitional Military Council itself announced on April 20 that it would abide by Chad’s obligations under international treaties, and urged the authorities to do so.

Follow The Rules

The UN official said that the defense and security forces should receive clear instructions to refrain from using force against peaceful demonstrators, adding that dealing with violent incidents must be in line with the rule of law and relevant international human rights laws and standards.

Ms. Hurtado said that firearms should only be used against individuals who represent an “imminent threat to life or serious injury, and only as a last resort,” adding that all those detained for exercising their right to peaceful assembly must be “immediately released.”

“We also call on all relevant state institutions to conduct impartial, prompt, effective and transparent investigations into any human rights violations that may have occurred – including the apparent use of unnecessary or disproportionate force to disperse the protests,” she said.

CHart security Way forward

In this “sensitive period for the country,” the OHCHR official stressed the crucial importance of placing human rights at the center of all efforts.

“An inclusive participatory process in charting the way forward towards a return to civilian rule and constitutional order,” Daman said.

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