June 13, 2024

Mohamed Bazoum, the deposed President of Niger who has been unlawfully held in detention by the coup leaders, headed by Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani since July, was visited by his doctor on Saturday. The medical practitioner also brought food for Bazoum, as well as his wife and son, who are also in captivity alongside him.

A member of his close associates shared with AFP that the ousted president “received a visit from his doctor today. He is in a satisfactory condition considering the circumstances.”

The European Union and the African Union have joined other entities in condemning the ousting of Bazoum and the subsequent imprisonment by the country’s military.

Volker Turk, the UN’s human rights chief, expressed concern that the reported detention conditions of Bazoum could potentially constitute inhuman and degrading treatment, which would be a violation of international human rights standards.

Antony Blinken, the prominent US diplomat, expressed his disappointment at the military’s reluctance to release Bazoum’s family as a gesture of goodwill. He viewed this action as a demonstration of the military’s intentions.

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