Security forces in Chad have used excessive force, including indiscriminate live ammunition, to disperse opposition-led demonstrations across the country in the aftermath of the April 11 election, Human Rights Watch said today.
The Central African Republic regularly accuses its northern neighbour of supporting armed rebel groups from inside Chad [File – Audu Marte/AFP]
The sudden death on April 19, 2021 of Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno is creating a very dangerous vacuum in Central Africa and the Sahel. Déby, who ruled Chad for 30 years, was killed while fighting rebels trying to overthrow his government.
Chadian president Idriss Déby Itno, who grabbed power in 1990 in a rebellion, died this past weekend from wounds incurred during a battle with rebels, injecting uncertainty and turmoil into the key U.S. and European counterterrorism partner.
Human rights commission calls for inquiry after allegations soldiers deployed to help fight armed groups raped several women, as well as an 11-year-old girl.
On 23 December 2020, Chad adopted its first asylum law to protect the almost 500,000 refugees living in the country. The new law guarantees refugees’ right to work, to move freely in the country, and to access healthcare, education, and justice. The legislative move makes Chad the first country in Central Africa to honour its pledge at last year’s Global Refugee Forum to improve the social and economic conditions of refugees.