Chad; a state of violence
In Chad, torture is institutionalized and normalized as a political tool, and rebellion is one of the few avenues available for social mobility. The institutionalized violence can be traced back to the slave economy, colonial rule and the post-independence civil war and struggles for political power. The military coup in 2021 rendered the work of human rights organizations like AJPNV even more risky. The human rights situation deteriorated alarmingly.
A call for standing up against torture
By awarding the prize to Charbonnel and the AJPNV, the Rafto Foundation highlights the crucial role of civil society in standing up against torture and promoting human rights and rule of law as a premise for building a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future.
The prize is also a call for international attention to the human rights situation in Chad. This country in the shadow of the war on terror, is neglected by both the international media and international aid.
The Rafto Foundation calls for the Chadian state to respect constitutional rule, ratify the protocol Against Torture, and calls upon the international community to put an end to impunity for torture, and to include the torture by non-state actors in the human rights law.