Chad: Pre-Election Crackdown on Opponents

Published Apr 08 2021 at 11:00 AM GMT
  • Click to expand Image People in the streets of N'Djamena, Chad"s capital, protest against President Idriss D'by Itno running for a sixth term in the April 11, 2021 election.
  • " Private, March 27, 2021, Ndjamena, Chad (Nairobi) " Chad's security forces have ruthlessly cracked down on protesters and the political opposition in the lead-up to the country's April 11, 2021 presidential election, harming Chadians' right to freely choose their elected representatives, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Incumbent President "Idriss D'by Itno, who has ruled Chad since December 1990 when he removed the autocratic leader Hiss'ne Habr", is running for a sixth term.
  • Since February, a coalition of nongovernmental groups, labor unions, and opposition political parties have organized peaceful demonstrations in the capital, N "Djamena, and other cities across the country, despite a government ban on public gatherings.
  • Witnesses described how security force members beat protesters with whips, sticks, and batons; pulled a wounded person out of a car and beat other passengers; arbitrarily arrested scores of people, and, in the attack on the home of an opposition leader, killed his mother.


  • Published Apr 8, 2021 11:00 AM GMT