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Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of Operation Flintlock, N'Djamena, Chad, March 9, 2015 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).

How Chad’s Regional Military Might Enables Repression at Home

Thursday, May 18, 2017

On the morning of May 5, Boko Haram militants attacked a Chadian military post in the Lake Chad region near the border with northeast Nigeria, where the extremist group is based. Nine soldiers were killed, the latest casualties suffered by Chad’s military as it responds to a crisis that, on Chadian territory alone, has left hundreds dead and displaced more than 100,000.

The following day, in the capital, N’Djamena, the Chadian Convention for the Defense of Human Rights reported that Maounde Decladore, one of its activists, had been arrested. Decladore is also a spokesman for the group “It Must Change,” which has denounced the policies of longtime Chadian President Idriss Deby. His arrest came in the context of a wider crackdown on Chad’s increasingly emboldened government critics—just two days, in fact, after two other activists with anti-government views, Nadjo Kaina and Bertrand Sollo, received six-month suspended sentences for attempted conspiracy and incitement. ...

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