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Aktiv seit 10. Januar 2020 | Noch 32 Tage Laufzeit

Activists released on bail still face charges

AI-Index: AFR 49/1643/2020

Babacar Diop, Malick Diallo Biaye, Mamadou Diallo, Souleymane Diockou and Pape Abdoulaye Touré were released on bail on 20 December 2019. Souleymane Ndjim was released on bail on 4 December. Three other activists, Guy Marius Sagna, Fallou Galass Seck and Ousmane Sarr, are still detained in Camp Penal prison in Dakar, Senegal.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

After a week of hunger strike to denounce their arbitrary arrest and detention, eight of the nine activists ended their hunger strike on 10 December, excluding Souleymane Ndjim who had been released on bail on 4 December.

Their lawyer appealed the decision of the judge refusing the request for Guy Marius Sagna, Falou Galass Seck and Ousmane Sarr to be released on bail.

Guy Marius Sagna is the only one of the three remaining activists detained who is being held in the high security unit of the prison. He began a hunger strike on 26 December, demanding to know the internal rules of the prison, as he wanted to know his rights as prisoner. He ended it on 29 December after the rules were given.

On 31 December, nine activist members of the movements «Gilets rouges», Frapp and «Nittu Deug», including Babacar Diop, were arrested in front of the prison of ‘Camp Penal where they organised a sit-in to call for the release of Guy Marius Sagna, Fallou Galass Seck and Ousmane Sarr. They were released on 2 January.

 

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  • Write an appeal in your own words or use the model letter below.
  • Please take action before 21 February 2020.
  • Preferred language: French, English. You can also write in your own language.

Model letter

Your Excellency,

While I welcome the news that Babacar Diop, Malick Diallo Biaye, Mamadou Diallo, Souleymane Diockou and Pape Abdoulaye Touré were released on bail on 20 December, and Souleymane Ndjim was released on bail on 4 December, I am concerned to hear that three other activists, Guy Marius Sagna, Fallou Galass Seck and Ousmane Sarr, are still detained in Camp Penal prison and the nine activists still face charges solely for exercising their rights to the peaceful assembly.

Guy Marius Sagna, Mamadou Diao Diallo, Malick Biaye, Pape Abdoulaye Touré, Babacar Diop, Souleymane Diockou, Ousmane Sarr, Souleymane Ndjim and Fallou Galass Seck have been charged with participation in an unauthorised gathering.

Guy Marius Sagna, coordinator of Front for a Popular Anti-Imperialist Revolution and Pan African (FRAAP), has been also charged with provocation of gathering and rebellion. He is detained in a high security unit of the Camp Penal prison.

In light of the above, I urge you to:

  • Immediately drop the unfounded charges against all nine activists;
  • Immediately and unconditionally release the three activists still detained;
  • Refrain from initiating further prosecutions against individuals simply for exercising their right to peaceful assembly;
  • Repeal legal instruments providing for blanket bans on peaceful demonstrations including the 2011 Decree banning all demonstrations in parts of the city centre of Dakar.

Your sincerely,

Appeals to

Minister of Justice
Mr Malick Sall
Avenue Jean JAURES,
ex ambassade des Etats Unis
BP 4030
Dakar
Sénégal

Email: m_sall2002@yahoo.fr

Salutation: Your Excellency,

 

 

Copies to

Ambassade de la République du Sénégal
Route de Pré-Bois 20
Bâtiment H, 4ème étage 
Case Postale 1815
1215 Genève 15 Aéroport

Fax: 022 740 07 11
E-mail: mission.senegal.gva@bluewin.ch

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