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Source: Amnesty International –

Following yesterday’s court order to release three human rights defenders in Niger, Ousmane Diallo, Amnesty International West Africa Researcher, said:  

« We welcome the provisional release of Maikoul Zodi, Mounkaila Halidou and Moudi Moussa.  We are happy to see them finally reunite with their families, relatives and friends after more than six months in pre-trial detention, which we consider arbitrary.

We urge the authorities in Niger to now drop all charges against these activists. They must respect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and put an end to the harassment and arbitrary detention of dissenting voices in the country.