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Kamal Al-Labwani (
Victim of Injustice
Doctor Kamal Al-Labwani was condemned to 12 years in prison in July 2007 following an unfair trial. He was arrested on his return from a trip to Europe and the
He has been found guilty of "plotting with a foreign power" he has been maltreated and his conditions of imprisonment are terrible.
Now Kamal Al-Labwani faces new accusations linked to his peaceful activities in favour of democratic reform in
Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of opinion and is acting for his immediate and unconditional release.
You can help expressing your solidarity with him in his defence of human rights, in order to help boost his morale by writing directly to him in prison. (Please do not mention anything religious)
The address is
Ibrahim Manzo Diallo (journalist)
According to information received by Amnesty International Ibrahim Manzo Diallo, editor in chief of a newspaper, has been detained in secret by the Army in an unknown place. He risks being victim to mistreatment, not to say torture. the organisation for the defence of human rights considers this man a prisoner of opinion, detained solely for his journalistic activities. Despite having conducted them in a peaceful and legitimate way.
Ibrahim Manzo Diallo was arrested on the 9th October at 23.00 at
According to certain sources in
On the 24th August, the President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja decreed a state of emergency for three months following a series of attacks by the Movement of Nigerans for Justice (MJN), an armed opposition group made up of members of the Touareg community. in addition to the restriction of liberty of expression, the actions adopted give the Army and police seemedly unlimited powers, which worsens the fears of Amnesty International for detained prisoners.
Until June 2007 Ibrahim Manzo Diallo had been editor in chief of a bi-monthly publication "Air Info" based in Agadez. The authorities banned publication of the journal for reasons of " incitement to violence" following the MJN attacks. Ibrahim Manzo Diallo was briefly arrested by the gendarmerie while he was preparing to launch a new monthly review "Info Air". After moving to
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please mention the following in your appeals,
- exhort the
- demand his immediate and unconditional release
- engage the authorities to take the measures necessary to avoid his torture or other forms of mistreatment, and for him to be allowed immediate contact with close ones and his lawyer, as well as receiving all medical treatment that is necessary.
- express your discontent at the systematic character of intimidation and arrests of journalists in
- declare your concern about the powers conferred upon the Army and police especially in relation to Agadez.
Appeals to :
President of the Republic
FAX : + 227 20 72 27 07
Minster of Defence
Ministry of Defence
FAX : + 227 20 72 40 78
Minster of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior,
FAX : + 227 20 72 21 76
Copies to the Embassy of Niger in your country.