Rights group condemns Senegal detention of leader

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Posted: Oct 28, 2011 10:03 AM
Rights group condemns Senegal detention of leader

An international human rights group is condemning the detention of its secretary-general in Senegal's capital.

The International Federation for Human Rights, known by its French acronym FIDH, said in a statement Friday that Paul Nsapu was detained at Dakar's airport upon arrival. The group says he was detained Thursday to prevent him from speaking at a press conference for the the annual report of the protection of human rights.

The group, along with a coalition of rights groups, also said it was concerned about an increase in attacks and threats from Senegal's presidential camp against those speaking out against the government in the run-up to elections next year.

The groups urged Senegalese authorities to investigate the accusations of violence.

Calls to the government spokesman went unanswered.