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Abgeschlossen am 18. Oktober 2019

Activist released on bail, still facing charges

AI-Index: AFR 49/0990/2019

Senegalese activist Guy Marius Sagna was released on bail on 16 August, one month after he was first detained for posting comments on Facebook. Charged with «false alert of terrorism» under the Senegalese Criminal Code, if he is found guilty he faces a maximum of five years in prison. Amnesty International continues to call on the authorities to immediately drop all charges against Guy Marius Sagna as they relate solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom expression.

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On 16 August, the investigating judged ordered the release on bail of activist Guy Marius Sagna.

After his release, Guy Marius Sagna said in a letter addressed to Amnesty International activists «If I was released of this illegal, arbitrary detention it is thanks to the tremendous mobilisation in Senegal, in Africa and elsewhere of thousands of women and men. Amnesty members mobilisation was key, notable and weighed enormously. It is true that the struggle continues because I am only released on bail. But an important battle has been won. Thank you to all members of Amnesty everywhere in the World.»

Guy Marius Sagna is a prominent activist in Senegal. He was the Coordinator of the National Coalition «No to Economic Partnership Agreements» in Senegal. The partnership agreements are between Senegal and the European Union.

He is a member of the movement «Le Front pour une Révolution Anti-impérialiste Populaire et Panafricaine» (Front for a popular anti-imperialist revolution and pan African, FRAAP- France Degage) and campaigns against what he calls «the neo-colonialist deals». He has regularly been arrested simply for exercising his rights to peaceful assembly and expression but released later without any charges.

In October 2016, the Senegalese National Assembly adopted amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, which could be used to stifle peaceful dissent, arguing that it was a necessary measure to combat terrorism and cyber-criminality. The amendments to the Criminal Code provide vague and overly broad definitions of terrorism-related offences, exposing activists to severe criminal sanctions.

Several artists and journalists have been arbitrarily arrested and detained over several days solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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