04/09/2018

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defenders Arrested and Detained (Niger: UA 30.18)


Four human rights defenders (HRDs), Moussa Tchangari, Ali Idrissa, Nouhou Arzika and Lirwana Abdourahmane were among a group of people arrested and detained on 25 March by security forces in Niamey, Niger. They have been charged with ‘organisation and participation in a prohibited demonstration’, ‘complicity in violence’, ‘assault’ and ‘destruction’ in connection with a peaceful protest organised by their organisations, but which they did not attend.

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Four human rights defenders (HRDs), Moussa Tchangari, Ali Idrissa, Nouhou Arzika and Lirwana Abdourahmane were among a group of people arrested and detained on 25 March by security forces in Niamey, Niger. They have been charged with ‘organisation and participation in a prohibited demonstration’, ‘complicity in violence’, ‘assault’ and ‘destruction’ in connection with a peaceful protest organised by their organisations, but which they did not attend.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the four HRDs detained solely in relation to their peaceful human rights work as well as any protestor detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly;
  • Asking them to ensure that, while in detention, they are granted access to their lawyers, regular family visits, provided with any medical care they need, and protected from torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Urging them to guarantee that activists and HRDs in Niger are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and unlawful restrictions.

Contact these two officials by 21 May, 2018:

President of the Republic of Niger
M. Issoufou Mahamadou
Palais Présidentiel
Boulevard de la République,
Niamey, Niger
Fax: + 227 20 73 34 30
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ambassador H.E Professor Hassana Alidou,
Embassy of the Republic of Niger
2204 R St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 483 4224
Fax: 202 483 3169
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 30.18
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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