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09.08.2019: Corrections

We have confirmed the correct charge against Guy Marius. Therefore, we are changing the wording in the charge from «spreading false news on terrorism» to «false alert of terrorism».

We have also included an email address for the Minister of Justice.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your continued support.

Activist arbitrarily detained for Facebook posts

AI-Index: AFR 49/0847/2019

Senegalese activist Guy Marius Sagna was charged with «false alert of terrorism» on 5 August. He was arbitrarily arrested on 16 July in Dakar. He was first questioned over his two Facebook posts about the lack of adequate medical facilities in Senegal, 59 years after independence and then for a publication on a Facebook Page about the presence of French army in Africa. He is detained at the Central prison of Rebeuss in Dakar.


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.

As an activist, he has been campaigning against what he calls «the neo-colonialist deals» and is member of «FRAPP-France Degage». He has regularly been arrested simply for exercising his right 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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