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Nadjo Kaina

HRD & Spokesperson

Nadjo Kaina is a human rights defender and a member of Chadian civil society. He is the spokesperson of the citizen movement, Iyina (which means “We are tired” in Arabic). Iyina gathers Chadian youth, members of civil society and opposition working to promote good governance and democratic change. In addition, Nadjo Kaina coordinates the newly-launched Chadian section of Tournons la Page (Let’s turn the page), an international coalition of NGOs which focus on creating a transcontinental movement promoting democracy in Africa. The Chadian section of this citizen movement was launched on 25 March 2017 in N’Djamena. Nadjo Kaina is also former president of the Student Union of Tchad (UNET).

Human rights defenders in Chad suffer from the culture of impunity, absence of rule of law and political instability that is prevalent throughout the country. The extreme political repression in Chad forms the backdrop to severe restrictions on freedom of expression. Defenders have reportedly been subjected to threats, harassment, stigmatization, physical assault, arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detention, judicial proceedings and ill-treatment and torture while in detention. Lawyers assisting victims of the former regime and journalists have been particularly targeted.