UN chief concerned about Niger's ousted president detention conditions

UN chief concerned about Niger’s ousted president detention conditions

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he was “concerned” about the conditions of detention of ousted Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum, and demanded his release.

“Antonio Guterres denounced the deplorable conditions in which President Bazoum and his family would live,” the UN said in a statement.

According to the American media CNN, Mohamed Bazoum is kept isolated by the soldiers who overthrew him from power, and has only uncooked pasta and rice to eat. He claimed in a series of messages to a friend that he had been deprived of “all human contact since Friday”, with no one bringing him food or medicine.

Thus, Antonio Guterres “reiterates his concern for the health and safety of the President and his family, and calls once again for his immediate and unconditional release, as well as his reinstatement as head of state” .

Despite his conditions of detention, the president was able to exchange press releases and a column in the Washington Post to denounce the coup. He was also able to talk on the phone with Emmanuel Macron and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and receive a visit from Chadian leader Mahamat Idriss Déby.

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