Fight for Freedom of Speech! Justice for Veronique Adeline!
As of 22/12/2020 morning, Veronique was unjustly detained by the Seychelles CID on the grounds of allegedly “inciting violence” on Facebook. Veronique expressed her political opinion online in a manner that does not fall under any category of hate speech or incitement to violence. Sign PetitionSign Petition
She exercised her right to freedom of expression and is now being punished for it. Her post revealed a document that the people of Seychelles have a right to access, to question the decisions of the sitting government (the appointment of 3 civilians as the new Presidential Security detail).
Her home was raided and belongings such as laptops and mobile phones were confiscated without reason - a breach of private property. Veronique was then escorted to Takamaka Police station where she was jailed for non-compliance to questions regarding her Facebook posts - she was never shown any official documents for the reasons behind these actions.
Veronique was released on 23/12/2020 after being jailed for a total of 25hrs.
The police department did not provide any basic necessities for Veronique, such as a bed, pillows, or even food - despite the fact that Veronique is diabetic.
This case is more than just censorship, it is about human rights violations and is a clear example of social injustice.
In addition, a police officer who voiced his opinion on the same issue of the President’s Security has now been suspended from his job.
By signing this petition, we seek to know why Veronique was detained.
We demand transparency from our democratic government; ALL parties involved should make statements to address the public of this injustice!
We call upon the CID, the Commissioner of Police, the Minister for Internal Affairs, and the President of the Republic (who made a promise to the people of Seychelles that the past would not be our future) to address this situation and have it resolved in a peaceful and just manner.
We further demand that the ongoing investigation is fair and that there is accountability for those who have committed these violations.
They cannot silence us all. We the people have the power!
Seychellois let us unite against this injustice and those of you who have visited our paradise or who aspire to, sign this petition to help preserve justice on our island!