REDHAC PRESS RELEASE
Douala, April 28, 2014: Intimidation and death threat against Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement Defender of Human Rights and President of the Association of Victims of Crimes Plan Hissène Habré ( AVCRHH ) in Chad.
The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC) is informed reliable source of intimidation faced by human rights defenders in Chad and in particular Mr Abaifouta Dohkot Clement.
For 5 nights from 31 March to 4 April 2014, unidentified individuals were stationed around his house, 11:30 pm to 1: 30 am. All these events took place while Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement was on mission in the context of his work.
Surprised by this behavior, the neighbor across the street believed on a movement of thieves, followed through the hole of the door, the movements of intruders thereafter, he inquires from the wife of Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement , this neighbor was alerted by continuous barking of his dogs.
Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement alerted by his wife while he was on a mission, and immediately he called one of his lawyers, barrister Lambi Soulgan who calls the senior judge who in his turn put him in contact with the deputy director of the police,who promised to call but unfortunately did not hold his promise.
Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement informed the Minister of Justice through his chief of staff, same story while he continues to wait for something to be done but nothing is done.
We remind you that Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement fellow loan file on crimes Plans of
Hissène Habré being in N’Djamena and Dakar.
The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC) is concerned by the lack of response of Chadian authorities consulted by Mr. Clement at these effet, and:
- Challenged the Chadian authorities so that the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement and his family is preserved.
- Reminds Chadian authorities that the right to life is inherent in the human person and it is their responsibility to take all necessary steps to preserve the life of Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement and his family.
At the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR):
- To require the Chadian Government Respect and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other instruments of Human Rights ratified by them.
- Implement and enforce agreements, conventions, protocols and other instruments relating to the protection of the Human Rights Defenders ratified by Chad.