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SENEGAL – Diaspora to fight new terrorism law

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The law on terrorism, newly adopted in Senegal on Friday, June 25, 2021, will be the subject of a strong protest by the Senegalese diaspora. After several protests in Senegal on the day of the vote of this amendment of the penal code, the diaspora wants to engage the fight this Saturday, July 3, 2021 by invading the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. After the opposition filed an appeal to the Constitutional Council, 

The law on terrorism will be attacked by the Senegalese diaspora on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Senegalese citizens met at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. The aim is to express their opposition to this law which, according to them, runs the risk of undermining individual freedoms and establishing dictatorship by curbing any hint of popular protest. The mobilization will no doubt be assured because the Senegalese outside follow closely the political evolution of their country. They are involved in all the struggles for the preservation of democratic gains.

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The law in question qualifies as terrorism “any unauthorised demonstration, the degradation of property belonging to the State or of public interest” or “the offences related to information and communication technologies.” The opposition sees it as a way of intimidating the people and challenging a fundamental constitutional right: to protest against government policy. On Thursday, July 1, 2021, it filed an appeal with the Constitutional Council to annul this law which it deems undemocratic.  ” Accompanied by Master Weinde Dieng Judicial Officer in Dakar, I have just filed on behalf of 21 opposition deputies at the registry of the Constitutional Council a referral for annulment of laws 10-2021 and 11-2021 voted by the National Assembly on June 25, 2021. Let it be borne out that the opposition deputies before God and the nation have used every opportunity to counter these draconian, ambiguous and unconstitutional laws,” said Sheikh Bamba Dièye, mandated by the 21 opposition deputies.

       

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