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    February 07, 2020

    Ignace Sossou via Twitter


    On 24 December 2019, a court in Benin sentenced investigative journalist Ignace Sossou to 18 months in prison and fined him for “harassment” for posting tweets. 

    The tweets posted on 18 December quoted Benin’s Public Prosecutor during a conference hosted by the French media development agency CFI. They stated that the Public Prosecutor had described Benin’s digital code as “a weapon” that can be used against journalists. The tweets also questioned the government’s decision to shut down the internet during elections in April 2019.      

    The Public Prosecutor alleged that Ignace Sossou had taken his remarks out of context and issued a complaint against the journalist at the Court of First Instance in Cotonou. 

    On 20 December 2019, the Central Office for the Repression of Cybercrime arrested Ignace Sossou, without a warrant, supported by the Central Police Station in Godomey, southern Benin. His home was searched in his presence and his phone was analyzed by the technical and scientific police.

    February 22, 2018
    Amnesty International publishes State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018 “Last year our world was immersed in crises, with prominent leaders offering us a nightmarish vision of a society blinded by hatred and fear. This emboldened those who promote bigotry, but it inspired far more people to campaign for a more hopeful future,” says Salil Shetty, head of Amnesty International

    The world is reaping the terrifying consequences of hate-filled rhetoric that threatens to normalize massive discrimination against marginalized groups, Amnesty International warned today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights.

    Nevertheless, the organization found that a growing movement of both first-time and seasoned activists campaigning for social justice provides real hope of reversing the slide towards oppression.

    The report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

    July 04, 2017

    Authorities in Benin must commute the death sentences hanging over 14 men following a 2016 Constitutional Court judgement that effectively abolished the death penalty for all crimes in the country, Amnesty International said today on the 5th anniversary of Benin’s accession to the UN treaty aiming at abolishing the death penalty.

    The organization is also calling on the authorities to provide the death row prisoners with adequate food and medical care, and ensure that national legislation is reviewed and reformed in order to remove all provisions pertaining to the death penalty in all relevant laws, for all crimes.

    “The judgment of the Constitutional Court last year which effectively abolished the death penalty for all crimes in Benin is remarkable and progressive. Despite this the status of 14 men who have been on death row in grim conditions for nearly two decades has not changed,” said Oluwatosin Popoola, Amnesty International’s Adviser on the death penalty

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