Annual Report: Niger 2010

May 28, 2010

Annual Report: Niger 2010

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  • In April, Seyni Amadou, director of Dounia TV, and another journalist, Elhadj Idi Abdou, were briefly arrested and charged with "broadcasting false information" after criticizing French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Niger. In June, the Dounia media group was closed down for several days for airing a statement from the opposition accusing President Tandja of staging a coup.
  • In August, Abdoulaye Tiémogo, the publishing manager of the independent newspaper Le Canard Déchaîné, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for having "discredited a court decision" by commenting on the arrest warrant against former Prime Minister Hama Amadou. He was released after two months.


President Tandja granted a blanket amnesty to all members of the Tuareg armed opposition following the October peace agreement. The amnesty, also covering the Nigerien security forces, entrenched the climate of impunity and closed any avenues for justice and redress for human rights abuses committed by both sides during the conflict. About 100 Tuareg remained held without trial for their alleged involvement in the armed opposition, even though they should have been released under the amnesty.

Amnesty International reports

Niger-Mali: Amnesty International calls for the release of hostages reportedly held by Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (19 February 2009)
Niger: Appel à la libération inconditionnelle et immédiate de M. Amadou Arou (18 August 2009)