In September 2016, Tadjadine Mahamat Babouri, commonly known as Mahadine, posted videos on Facebook. The videos accused the Chadian government and people close to it of corruption and misusing public money. He also complained about the economic crisis gripping this oil-dependent nation which is suffering from falling oil prices worldwide.
Mahadine was simply expressing his opinion, but sharing such videos is a bold and brave move in a country where speaking out carries serious consequences.
Within days, Mahadine was snatched from the street in broad daylight by a group of men believed to be intelligence officers. He says he was beaten, electrocuted and chained up for weeks. His wife and children were told nothing of his whereabouts and had to track him down themselves.
Facing absurd charges including threatening national security, Mahadine is facing a life sentence.
To make matters worse, Mahadine is gravely ill having caught tuberculosis in prison. He's in need of urgent medical care and shouldn't spend another moment in prison.
Join our call on the President of Chad to release Mahadine without delay.
President Idriss Deby Itno
I am very concerned for Tadjadine Mahamat Babouri, commonly known as Mahadine, who is very ill and facing a life sentence for criticizing the Chadian government on Facebook.
I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release Mahadine, as he has been detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Pending the release of Mahadine, ensure he is transferred to the Am Sinene prison where he can receive adequate medical attention.
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