Amnesty Says Leading Human Rights Defender Being Held Secretly
Umer Jamshaid 6 days ago Sat 15th February 2020 | 12:00 AM
N'Djamena, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :Amnesty International said the head of a human rights group in Chad was being "secretly detained" for saying on social media that President Idriss Deby Itno had been hospitalised.
The authorities confirmed that Baradine Berdei Targuio, head of the Chadian Organisation for Human Rights (OTDH), was being investigated in connection with "cyber crime." But they dismissed any claims that his life was in danger.
"Several people have already been submitted to acts of torture and other mistreatment during their detention at the ANS and Amnesty International therefore believes that Baradine Berdei Targuio could be in danger," it alleged.
Justice Minister Djimet Arabi told AFP that Berdei Targui was being "prosecuted in the context of an inquiry into cyber-crime".
"We are a state of law, and any person who commits a violation must be responsible for their acts," he said.
Berdei Targui will be "presented to a judicial authority which will consider his future," Arabi said, adding: "Contrary to what human rights organisations think, detained people (in Chad) are never tortured." Berdei Targuio is a prominent campaigner in Chad, a country whose record on human rights has long been criticised by watchdogs.