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Comment by UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani following coup in Gabon

31 August 2023

LIBREVILLE, GABON - AUGUST 30: Supporters of the military administration gather on a street after Gabonese army officers enter the national television building following the announcement of the presidential election results and announce that they take over, in Libreville, Gabon on August 30, 2023.  Credit: Stringer / Anadolu Agency

We add our voice to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ firm condemnation of the ongoing coup in Gabon and deep concern at the announcement of election results amidst reports of serious infringements of fundamental freedoms.

We call for human rights and the rule of law to be fully protected and respected, in line with Gabon’s international treaty obligations, and for all actors to observe restraint and reject violence in all its forms.

We will continue to follow the situation closely.


For more information and media requests, please contact:

In Geneva
Ravina Shamdasani - + 41 22 917 9169 / [email protected]

In Nairobi
Seif Magango - +254 788 343 897 / [email protected]

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