MIL-OSI NGOs: Burkina Faso: Authorities must immediately release Guy Hervé Kam and Lt-Colonel Zoungrana

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Source: Amnesty International –

Responding to the arrests of lawyer Guy Hervé Kam on 29 May 2024, a few hours after his release, and of Lieutenant-Colonel Emmanuel Zoungrana earlier on the same day, a week after a court ordered his provisional release, Samira Daoud, Regional Director for West and Central Africa at Amnesty International, said:

“We condemn the arbitrary detention of Me Guy Hervé Kam. Guy Hervé Kam was arrested and transferred to the custody of the gendarmerie on 29 May, and then remanded into a military prison, on new charges of conspiracy against the state. We believe the accusations against him are unfounded and call for his immediate and unconditional release.”

“We also condemn the enforced disappearance on the same day of Lieutenant-Colonel Zoungrana, who was forced to follow armed men, suspected to be agents of the Intelligence services, while he was being driven to his home in Pabré.. He has not been seen since. We call on the authorities to immediately release information about his whereabouts and his fate, and if he is arbitrarily and secretly detained, to release him immediately.”

“These two arbitrary arrests happened shortly after courts ordered to release or provisionally release them. Amnesty International is concerned by the lack of enforcement of judicial decisions and the continuation of arbitrary arrests of civil society members for the past year in Burkina Faso.”