HRW slams Chadian forces over rights violations during anti-government protests


The NGO Human Rights Watch has denounced murders, deaths in custody, enforced disappearances, and acts of torture linked to the clampdown against anti-governments demonstrations by the authorities in October.

On 20 October 2022, some 60 people died – mainly young people shot dead in the capital by the authorities – during an opposition demonstration against transitional president General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno's decision to prolong his stay in power for two more years.

According to the Human Rights Watch report published this Monday, security forces fired live ammunition at demonstrators, killing and injuring dozens, beat people, chased them into houses and arrested them.

"Because of the seriousness of the crimes committed by the Chadian security forces on 20 October – and in the days that followed – the international community should provide a strong response," the NGO added.

Deaths and disappearances

According to the government, a total of 621 people were arrested in N'Djamena and taken to Koro Toro, a high-security prison in the middle of the desert 600 kilometres from the capital.

Witnesses told the NGO that several people had died on the way to the prison due to deprivation of "food and water".

The report also cites witnesses who say that security forces "driving unmarked cars" went to "communities known to support political opposition groups.

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