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OJPD demands the right to peaceful protest through a peaceful protest

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Youth organisation in Chad mobilises people’s movement

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July 2021 || Youth organization calls for a Chad where the power of the army shifts to the civilians. With this campaign they want to achieve major systemic change, and fight for the introduction of a modern, democratic system in which the right to peaceful protest is an important pillar.

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Chad is in turmoil. After the death of President Idriss Déby Itno, power is seized by his son by means of a military coup. The youth organization Organisation des Jeunes pour la Promotion et le Développement (OJPD) is a national NGO that has been working to improve the living conditions of the local population since 1995. In collaboration with various activist groups and human rights organizations, the group advocates a future with an inclusive democratic system for the country.

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Background

On April 20, 2021, military officers announced the death of President Idriss Déby Itno on Chadian national radio and television. His son, General Mahamat Déby (38), seized the power in a military coup and nullified the government and major state institutions. Civilian movements have always been suppressed by Idriss Déby’s secret service and today, too, in the struggle for power within the government, the citizens of Chad are pushed aside and the Déby family takes over. Opposition parties condemned Mahamat Déby’s military coup and plead for a civil administration.

Action for a Democratic Chad

The youth organization Organization des Jeunes pour la Promotion et le Développement (OJPD) advocates a Chad where the power of the army shifts to the civilians. Through a major campaign, the group mobilizes the population for demonstrations and marches to force the withdrawal of the military transitional council Conseil Militaire de Transition (CMT).

With this campaign they want to achieve major systemic change, and fight for the introduction of a modern, democratic system in which the right to peaceful protest is an important pillar. Previous peaceful demonstrations have been violently crushed, leaving several dead and injured.

The OJPD is committed to the organization of an inclusive national dialogue and transparent elections, resulting in a strong civilian government. During the coming weeks, in the transition period to a new government, they will mount a campaign to lobby for an interim people’s movement rather than a military regime.

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