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"Shots of joy" and democracy in tears: citizen observation report on the Chadian presidential election of May 6, 2024

On May 6, 2024, more than 8 million Chadian men and women were called to the polls for the first round of the presidential election. This report highlights, through specific examples, the numerous incidents of political violence and irregularities that marred the electoral process. These incidents were documented by Tournons La Page Chad (TLP-Chad) during their impartial and independent observation of the presidential election, carried out to verify that the process was democratic, genuine and representative of the will of the Chadian people. The report highlights serious problems, including the deaths of several dozen people, including one candidate, the exclusion of several candidates, problems updating the electoral roll, low participation by women, the impossibility of accessing results by polling station, and a severe deterioration in freedom of expression and of the press.

Policy and legislative mechanisms for promoting presidential term limits within ECOWAS

This study was written, at TLP’s request, by the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL), a partner association based in South Africa, whose work focuses on the development of constitutionalism and democracy in African countries. It is the result of several months’ research and analysis by members of the ANCL, including judges, lawyers, academics, activists, NGOs, research institutes and academics.

Repression with discretion. State of play of Internet outages in Africa since 2014

Although the majority of Internet outages take place in Asia, the African continent is not far behind. For example, since the launch of Tournons La Page in 2014, of the 14 African countries where Tournons La Page operates, 13 have resorted to Internet blackouts. This generalization is all the more worrying in that very often, major repressions are organized during blackouts, hidden from the eyes of the international community.

Niger : Civic space on the verge of extinction

This report is an analysis of all acts of reduction of civic space in the country since 2014, the year that marked the beginning of increased repression against civil society. Since then, a monitoring of arrests and a critical analysis of the legal and institutional framework have been carried out by members of TLP-Niger. Between the arrests of journalists and internet blackouts, freedom of expression, demonstration, association and privacy are no longer guaranteed.

Chad : a hereditary repression

This report is the result of a collaborative effort between Tournons La Page (TLP), Agir ensemble pour les droits humains and Tournons La Page Tchad (TLP-Tchad). Through its members, TLP collected information and images on human rights violations in the country since the 2021 presidential campaign.This work aims to shed light on the course of events and the conditions under which these abuses occurred.

Building new relations between France and Africa

France is at a turning point in its relations with African societies. A refoundation of relations between France and the African continent necessarily requires a political and military "withdrawal" of Paris, simply by accepting that France is a partner among others and that the history of Africa can also be written without France.

In Africa as elsewhere, there is no democracy without changes of power !

Togo and Gabon have only had one family in power... Yet they do not live in a monarchy! If many African countries suffer from the absence of alternation, it is not a question of culture, as dictators would have us believe. These are political systems organized around the monopolization of power and wealth. In this system, which benefits the leaders in place and their clientele, but also many states and foreign investors, the population is held hostage.

2023 Elections in the Democratic Republic of Ccongo: Rectifying past mistakes to consolidate democracy.

This report provides an overview of the pre-election situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It examines the issues and challenges of the current electoral process and proposes courses of action for the European Union (EU) and its member states. This report was enriched by data from interviews and questionnaires conducted with stakeholders in the current electoral process.

Annual report 2023

The year 2023 marks the return of a system of governance in which suits give way to fatigues at the head of states. After the events in Mali, Guinea, Chad and Burkina Faso, Niger on July 26 and Gabon on August 30 were also the scene of military coups d'état.

Narrative report: Second TLP International General Assembly (January 2023 in Cotonou)

Thanks to its strong outreach, the opening ceremony of the second Tournons La Page (TLP) international General Assembly (GA) brought together over 120 members, partners and guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. After having been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and relocated just a few months before it was due to take place, this GA is considered to have been a success, in terms of meeting deadlines, logistics and content.

Annual report 2022

Annual report 2021

The year 2021 has been a year of great change for Tournons La Page. It was also a year of strong growth for the movement internationally, now fully independent. The gradual lifting of anti-COVID-19 restrictions has made it possible to resume meetings between members and to re-launch the dynamics of citizen mobilization. One of the great successes of 2021 has been to allow the development of expertise, documentation and advocacy of our members.

Annual report 2019