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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Press Release by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa on the abduction and assault of Mr. Ericino de Salema in the Republic of Mozambique


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), acting through its Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Commissioner Lawrence Mute, wishes to express its concern regarding the abduction and assault of Mr. Ericino de Salema, a journalist and political commentator in the Republic of Mozambique.

According to information reaching the Commission, on 27 March 2018, three unidentified gunmen abducted Mr. Salema, outside the headquarters of the National Union of Journalists in Maputo, beat him with AK-47 assault rifles, and left him unconscious along the Maputo Ring Road. It is reported that Mr. Salema sustained fractures to his arm and legs.

The Commission is deeply concerned about this reported assault on Mr. Salema and condemns it.

The Commission calls on the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, as the primary guarantor of human rights within its national borders, to investigate the attack, in order to bring those responsible to justice, in terms of its obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to ensure the right to freedom of expression including the protection of journalists.

The Commission will remain actively seized of this matter. 

Banjul, 06 April 2018

 

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