Senegal: The Law of Impunity and Shame Passed in the National Assembly

Despite the opposition of the majority of Senegalese, who believe that there can be no amnesty without crimes being judged and perpetrators punished, ninety members of the Senegal National Assembly hurriedly voted for Macky Sall’s bill.

Forty members voted against, and three abstained.

Many released political detainees and organizations, including the Senegalese League for Human Rights, AfrikaJom Center, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International, have denounced the bill.

This law concerns events related to political demonstrations that occurred between 2021 and 2024.

The first article of the law stipulates that “all acts, capable of being classified as criminal or correctional offenses, committed between February 1, 2021, and February 25, 2024, both in Senegal and abroad, relating to demonstrations or having political motivations, are automatically amnestied, including those made through any communication media, whether their authors have been judged or not.”

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