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Comment by UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk on Niger

11 August 2023

I am extremely concerned about the rapidly deteriorating conditions in which President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger, his wife and his son have been arbitrarily detained. Credible reports I have received indicate that the conditions of detention could amount to inhuman and degrading treatment, in violation of international human rights law.

I have received reports that electricity has been cut, and they have no access to clean drinking water – amid hot temperatures in Niger – and to necessary medicine.

Those responsible for the detention of the President must ensure the full respect and protection of his human rights, and of all others being held.

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