Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

Senegal court hearing

Published on: 22 March, 2021

Several members of the Senegalese opposition are due in court in Dakar, a development likely to revive tensions following deadly protests earlier this month. Among those due to appear are Guy Marius Sagna, a high-profile civil society leader detained on public disturbance charges. Opposition supporters are expected outside the court.

Opposition protests broke out in February continuing into early March, leading to the death of at least 10 people and the arrest of more than 600 others for violence and looting.  The trouble was sparked by rape allegations against opposition politician Ousmane Sonko, which he has denied as
politically motivated. He’s out on bail. The opposition has also been demanding the release of ‘political prisoners.