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.
Menacé·e depuis le 27 May 2022
Mahaman Moutari Djibo Gajani (alias Moctar) has been actively involved in the departmental coordination of TLP-Tessaoua for two years.
In a WhatsApp group, Moctar denounced the poor management of the sale of food and livestock feed at moderate prices by the communal authorities of the rural commune of Ourafane, Tessaoua department, Maradi region.
The mayor - who is a member of the WhatsApp group in question - felt defamed by Moctar's comments. However, Moctar did not name the mayor in his interventions; he was only demanding that the rules should be respected so that the citizens benefit from these operations.
On May 27, 2022, Moctar was summoned following a complaint of defamation filed against him by the mayor of Ourafane. He was finally transferred to the civil prison in Tessaoua on May 30. He is currently on provisional release, awaiting a judicial decision. His trial has been postponed to June 28, 2022.
1. Send a message to Gabonese policy makers, including President Mohamed Bazoum : https://twitter.com/mohamedbazoum
Arrêté·e le 27 February 2022
En prison depuis
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.
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
Arrêté·e le 25 November 2019
En prison depuis