UN speaks concerns for the deteriorating condition of Bazoum

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has expressed concerned about the deteriorating conditions in which the Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum, his wife and his son have been detained.

UN Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Mr Farhan Haq, said this at a news conference in New York on Friday.

President Bazoum and his family are believed to be living without electricity, water, food or medicine, according to media reports.

The democratically elected leader has been detained since soldiers seized power on July 26.

He said he had received credible reports that the conditions of detention could amount to inhuman and degrading treatment, in violation of international human rights law.

“Those responsible for the detention of the president must ensure the full respect and protection of his human rights and of all others being held,” Haq said.

On Thursday, the Secretary-General, Anthonio Guterres, said his concern was for the health and safety of the President and his family.

He called for his immediate and unconditional release and reinstatement as head of state.

Guterres raised alarmed over continuing reports about the arrest of several members of the government and urgently called for their unconditional release.

According to him, the UN will support mediation efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) towards restoring constitutional order in Niger.

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