Investigators Probe Violent Suppression Of Protests In Chad 

An international commission investigating the violent suppression of demonstrations in October has begun work in N’djamena.

Members of the international commission charged with throwing light on the violent suppression of October’s street protests in Chad have arrived in the capital. 

The objective of the audience with the Chadian official was to define the context of the work of the commission of inquiry.

According to Botelho Urbino, Ambassador and Special Representative of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to Chad, the members of the commission would have exchanges with heads of institutions and persons involved in the events and produce a report that would be submitted to ECCAS.

The commission is composed of representatives from the United Nations, the African Union and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) who will be in N’Djamena for more than ten days to carry out their investigations.

The October 20, 2022 demonstrations against the extension of the mandate of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) in Chad by two years resulted in scores of deaths and hundreds of persons wounded.

The trial in Koro-Toro, of some of the persons arrested during the protests led to the sentencing of 262 persons to prison terms ranging from two to three years. Eighty other persons were sentenced to suspended prison terms of 12 to 24 months while 59 others were found not guilty and freed. Eighty minors benefitted from provisional freedom.

One of the prime movers behind the protests, Dr. Masra Succes, who is president of Les Transformateurs political party, has since fled to the United States of America.

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