Scores of parliamentarians, journalists, army officers and civilians arrested since the beginning of the month by the Chadian authorities must either be charged with recognizable crimes or immediately released, Amnesty International said today.
Since an alleged coup attempt on 1 May in which eight people were reportedly killed in unclear circumstances, activists and journalists have been targeted in a wave of arrests, detentions, harassment and intimidation across the capital N’Djamena.
Most of those detained have been refused visits from family members, lawyers or doctors. Some are believed to be held incommunicado.
“The growing wave of arrests and detentions in N’Djamena is extremely troubling, particularly given that we still don't know the identities and whereabouts of all those held,” said Christian Mukosa, Chad researcher at Amnesty International.