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Thomas Boni Yayi vs Republic of Benin

On June 11th, 2022, Mr. Thomas Boni Yayi (the Applicant) filed an application instituting proceedings against the Republic of Benin (the defendant State) before the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (the ACHPR or the Charter) for alleged violations of the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Charter) in its articles 4, 7, 11 and 26 as well as other international instruments.

Mr. Thomas Boni Yayi maintains that on May 1st, 2019, police elements surrounded his home in order to interrogate him. His supporters mobilized to protest this decision. The violence that resulted from clashes between security forces and civilians resulted in civilian casualties, some of whom died as a result of their injuries. The Applicant adds that, despite his state of health, he was questioned in connection with the above-mentioned violence and placed under house arrest at his home, without a legal basis. This measure was finally lifted from 21 to 22 June 2019, finally allowing him to travel to receive medical care.

Mr. Boni Yayi accompanied his application instituting proceedings with a request for the indication of provisional measures, seeking to stay all acts of prosecution, investigation or trial against him and his supporters until the case had been heard before the Court on the merits and to order their freedom of movement to be ensured.

In its order dated August 8th, 2019, the Court refused to pronounce the said measures.

Order of 08-08-2019.pdf

On June 22th, 2022, the applicant filed a memorandum for the purpose of discontinuance of the proceedings before the Court, which therefore issued an order for striking out of the list on September 22nd, 2022.

Order of 22-09-2022.pdf

This summary is provided for informational purposes only, does not involve the responsibility of Dome and should in no way be used as a substitute for a careful reading of the judgment and order of the case.