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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.

Guinea
Oumar SYLLA

Arrêté·e le 30 July 2022

En prison depuis
2 months

Gabon
Jean-Rémy YAMA

Arrêté·e le 27 February 2022

En prison depuis
7 months

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

Burundi

Nestor NABITANGA

Arrêté·e le 11 November 2017
Libéré·e le 27 April 2021

Burundi

Germain RUKUKI

Arrêté·e le 13 July 2017
Libéré·e le 30 June 2021

Burundi

Tony Germain NKINA

Arrêté·e le 13 October 2020
Toujours en prison

Member of APRODEH, Tony Germain NKINA was arrested on October 13, 2020 in the commune of Kabarore, Kayanza province. Sentenced to 5 years in prison by the High Court of Kayanza on June 15, 2021, his conviction was confirmed by the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Ngoziau in August. He has since been imprisoned in the central prison of Ngozi.

Congo

Alexandre IBACKA DZABANA

Arrêté·e le 11 March 2021
Libéré·e le 15 July 2021

Congo

Christ DONGUI

Arrêté·e le 25 March 2021
Libéré·e le 15 July 2021

Christ DONGUI, deputy coordinator of the citizen movement Ras-Le-Bol, was abducted on March 25, 2021 in the "15 years old plateau district" in Brazzaville by persons in civilian clothes and then taken to the Central Intelligence and Documentation Office (Centrale d'intelligence et de documentation), formerly the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance, where he remained for 11 days before being transferred to the Brazzaville House of Arrest and Correction (MAC).

On April 9, 2021, he was brought before the Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) of Brazzaville, charged with "undermining the internal security of the State" and then placed under a detention order at the MAC of Brazzaville. He was finally released on July 15, 2021.

Côte d'Ivoire

Alexandre Didier AMANI

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Kwame Hugues N'GUETTIA

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Jean HUGUES

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Amoutchi KABLAN

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Koffi Odoukou ANSELME

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Brice Arnaud OUEZA

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 10 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Bi Stephane GOORE

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Serge KOUKO

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Dasso Claver David OUEZA

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Grace Elvis KOUAME

Arrêté·e le 10 March 2020
Libéré·e le 11 March 2020

Cameroon

Jean-Marc BIKOKO

Arrêté·e le 15 September 2015
Libéré·e le 24 September 2015

Gabon

Jean Rémy YAMA

Arrêté·e le 02 March 2022
Toujours en prison

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. 

Guinea

Oumar SYLLA

Arrêté·e le 29 September 2020
Libéré·e le 07 September 2021

Guinea

Billo BAH

Arrêté·e le 05 July 2022
Libéré·e le 08 July 2022

Guinea

Oumar SYLLA

Arrêté·e le 05 July 2022
Libéré·e le 08 July 2022

Guinea

Ibrahima DIALLO

Arrêté·e le 07 March 2020
Libéré·e le 13 March 2020

Guinea

Sékou KOUNDOUNO

Arrêté·e le 07 March 2020
Libéré·e le 13 March 2020

Niger

Mahaman Moutari Djibo Gajani

Arrêté·e le 25 May 2022
Libéré·e le 07 June 2022

Mahaman Moutari Djibo Gajani (alias Moctar), an active member of the Maradi regional coordination of TLP-Niger, was arrested and transferred to the Tessaoua civil prison. 

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, during an exchange in a WhatsApp group on the sale of cattle feed at moderate prices in the commune of Tessaoua, he alerted the Tessaoua town hall to the practice of diverting cattle feed intended for sale at moderate prices to the population.

Two days later, on Friday, May 27, 2022, Mr. Moutari was summoned to the police station in Tessaoua on a complaint from the mayor of the locality, who was also a member of the WhatsApp group in question, for defamation. However, nowhere did Mr. Moutari mention the mayor by name in his comments. Immediately after presenting himself at the police station, he was kept in custody until May 30, when he was presented to the judge who referred him to the civil prison of Tessaoua.  

It is clearly established that the interested party has only played its role of citizen watch by drawing the attention of the communal authorities to the calamitous management of the city's resources. As a reminder, in the same locality, the population set fire to the premises of the same town hall in 2020 during a popular demonstration for misappropriation of public funds. It was with a view to preventing this kind of outburst that Mr. Moutari wanted to draw attention in the discussion group. 

Following the trial on June 7, 2022, at the request of the lawyer, he was granted provisional freedom. Mr. Moutari's trial was postponed to June 28, 2022 in Tessaoua: he was sentenced to 3 months in prison with a suspended sentence and a fine of 500,000 FCFA.
 

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