The work of activists is not without danger, and many suffer serious violations of their rights. The members of Tournons La Page, through the subjects they deal with, are particularly targeted by these attacks. The purpose of this page is to draw attention to these human rights defenders who are persecuted in their respective countries for their work of citizen control.
In prison since August 30, 2022
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Floriane Irangabiye is a journalist and human rights defender who worked for the online radio station Igicaniro. In mid-August, Irangabiye left Rwanda, where she had been living since 2009, to visit her family in Burundi. On August 30, 2022, intelligence personnel stopped a vehicle in which Floriane Irangabiye was travelling and detained her.
Floriane Irangabiye was first detained at the headquarters of the national intelligence service in Bujumbura, where she was denied access to her family and a lawyer. She was questioned about her work at the online radio station "Igicaniro," a station accused of supporting opposition groups. National intelligence officials also accused Irangabiye of collaborating with armed opposition groups and spying. On September 8, Irangabiye appeared before the High Court in Mukaza where she was charged with undermining the integrity of the national territory. On the night of October 3, 2022, she was transferred to Muyinga Central Prison from Mpimba Central Prison in Bujumbura, more than 200 km from her family.
On January 2, 2023, the High Court of Mukaza sentenced journalist and human rights defender Floriane Irangabiye to 10 years in prison with a fine of 1,000,000 Burundian francs. During her imprisonment, she is still being harassed by fellow inmates in collaboration with the prison authorities and the National Intelligence Service (SNR).
In prison since February 27, 2022
In prison since
Jean-Rémy Yama - president of Dynamique Unitaire, Gabon's largest trade union coalition, and member of Tournons La Page - has been arbitrarily detained since March 2 for alleged breach of trust. However, no Gabonese court has pronounced a judgment against Jean-Rémy Yama: he is therefore presumed innocent.
Indeed, the next presidential election will be held in one year. The outgoing president, Ali Bongo - in power since October 2009 - has announced that he will run for a third term in 2023. Since 2016, Tournons La Page and its Gabonese partners have mobilized to promote democratic change in Gabon. It is therefore for his union commitment that Jean-Rémy Yama is targeted. The proof: he is the beneficiary of a provisional liberty acted on June 10, 2022. However, the Prosecutor of the Republic, André Patrick Roponat, ignored this decision and Jean-Rémy Yama is still in prison.
Tournons La Page, through the emergency fund of the Protection Program, supports the lawyers and family of Jean-Rémy Yama. But his health is deteriorating rapidly and he requires urgent hospital care.
Update: Saturday, August 26, 2022, the wife of Jean-Rémy Yama, died in Dakar, Senegal. This is a very hard blow for the trade unionist whose health is continuously deteriorating.
1. Send a message to Gabonese policy makers, including President Ali Bongo: https://bit.ly/3MLChPz and/or the Attorney General: http://www.justice.gouv.ga/contact
2. Support Tournons La Page, which is paying Jean-Rémy Yama's legal fees: https://bit.ly/3mIG0To
In prison since November 25, 2019
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