In a press release sent to Makaila's blog, the Chadian political opposition parties provide their reaction to the visit of the President of France, who is expected to visit N'Djamena on 19 July 2014. It provides a stark picture of Idriss Déby's regime and demands that France put pressure on him to shed light on the disappearance of Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh.
Read the press release:
REPUBLIC OF CHAD UNITY-WORK-PROGRESS
PRESS RELEASE 03/OP/CFOP/2014
The democratic opposition political parties met on 14 July 2014 and debated at length about the forthcoming official visit to Chad by the President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande. The political opposition parties agreed that the security situation in the Sahel-Saharan region is a subject of ongoing concern which calls for the mobilization of all resources. They therefore brought up the subject of French support in the Malian and Central African crises, and expressed their appreciation for it as well as in the fight against international terrorism.
With regard to Chad, which is one of the countries at risk, the opposition political parties stressed that it is furthermore characterized by poor governance in all areas, to the endangerment of the situation of its population and gravely jeopardizing its future in a context of constant violations of the rights and freedoms of its citizens, the instrumentalization of the judicial system by those in power, the confiscation of the public press, and constant threats to the private press, etc. It is in this context that we must remember the disappearance of IBNI Oumar Mahamat Saleh. The democratic opposition political parties insist that light be shed on this disappearance, with the assistance of the French authorities who were witnesses to all these events.
As if this were not enough, the regime has condemned the population to increasing poverty and excels in the management of State assets for the sole purpose of diverting public funds for the benefit of an oligarchical establishment which refuses democratic change of government through rigged elections.
From what has been written so far, it is obvious that Chad internally is neither a democratic state nor a state of law. Therefore, the political opposition parties alert international opinion to the real nature of President Idriss Deby ITNO's regime. They urge the economic partners of Chad, especially France, to be more and more demanding with regard to economic governance and respect for human rights, and to scrutinize more closely the electoral process currently underway. The sending of Chadian troops on peacekeeping missions outside the country should in no way constitute a reward for the regime inside the country.
With regard to actions outside the country, the democratic opposition political parties demand that the Government of Chad stop its intrusions into neighboring countries, the Central African Republic in particular, where military adventurism has reduced the country to chaos and barbarity, and resulted in thousands of Chadians being murdered or expelled.
N'Djamena, 15 July 2014
Leader of the Opposition