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Mahadine is free and reunited with his family!

    May 02, 2018

    Arrested. Beaten. Tortured. Moved from prison to prison. Separated from his wife and seven children. All for criticizing his government on the Internet.

    Tadjadine Mahamat Babouri - known as Mahadine - is a human rights defender who bravely revealed government corruption. He has paid a steep price. But now he is finally free!

    After more than a year and a half behind bars, a court in N’Djamena, Chad ordered Mahadine’s release. He has finally been reunited with his family.

    Mahadine’s sudden release shows how the passion and persistence of Amnesty International supporters can help in the struggle for human rights in Chad.

    He was wrongly imprisoned in September 2016, facing a life sentence after simply having posted videos on Facebook criticizing the government’s management of public funds.

    Mahadine was charged with undermining the constitutional order, threatening territorial integrity and national security: if he had been convicted he could have faced life imprisonment. However, these charges were replaced with the much lesser charge of defamation, which was also later dropped in a hearing in court in N’Djamena last month.

    Amnesty supporters around the world sent close to 700,000 petitions to urge that he be released and sent thousands of solidarity messages to Mahadine in prison.

    Mahadine’s message to Amnesty International supporters:

    "I thank you with all my heart. Thank you for your commitment and engagement for the protection and respect of human rights in Africa. You have brought joy into my heart. Thank you. I want to express my gratitude to you all. I appreciate you, I love you, I respect you. Humanity.”

    Thank you to all those who supported Mahadine — by taking action on Mahadine’s behalf during Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign in 2017, by making generous donations, writing letters, or signing petitions. You’ve helped win a great victory!