Hughes Bessacque, Brice Obanda, Gervais Amogo, Abdul Allogo Mintsa, and Pascal Nkoulou, five members of the Gabonese opposition party Bongo Doit Partir (BDP), Bongo Must Go (or BDP-Gabon Nouveau), were released on October 1, 2003, after three months of detention. They have been reunited with their families and are generally in good health, although they did suffer some health problems during their imprisonment. They had been charged with threatening state security and insulting the head of state. Most, if not all, of them were released without charge. In a press release BDP-Gabon Nouveau's leader thanked members of Amnesty International and others for having put pressure on the government, as this was a factor in their release.
Stay informed about human rights in Africa.
Oman: Human Rights Activist Arrested, Risks Torture (UA 318/14)
Saeed Jaddad has been held incommunicado since 10 December. He may be a prisoner of conscience, detained for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.
Amnesty International's annual Write For Rights campaign is the largest grassroots letter-writing effort in the world. Sign up today to join the worldwide effort to call out injustice for 10 new cases in 2014!