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27 October 2017

Madagascar: Environmental defender found guilty on trumped-up charges
In response to the two-year suspended sentence against environmental defender and human
rights activist Raleva delivered by the Mananjary Court on 26 October 2017 for ‘use of a false
title’, a group of human rights and civil society organisations comprising of Amnesty
International, CCFD – Terre Solidaire, CIVICUS, CRAAD-OI, Collectif TANY, and Front Line
Defenders said, in a joint statement:
“The two year suspended sentence handed to Raleva continues the trend whereby the judicial
system is used by the authorities to silence human rights activists and prevent them from
doing their work.
He is being punished for exposing an allegedly non-compliant mining company in Madagascar.
The suspended sentence must be immediately overturned, and Raleva cleared of any criminal
record in relation to his peaceful human rights activism.”
Raleva was arrested in the Vohilava village on 27 September 2017. He was arrested for asking
to see the mining and environmental permits of a Chinese gold mining company operating in
Mananjary, as part of his role within two local human rights organisations. On 26 October
2017, he was released from jail after 25 days of pre-trial detention, but was found guilty of
the charge of using the false title of ‘Head of District’.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
Robert Shivambu, Media Manager – Amnesty International - Southern Africa on +27 11 283
6000 or +27 83 437 5732 or
Public Document
Amnesty International Southern Africa Regional office, 3 Glenhove Road, Melrose Estate,
Johannesburg 2196
+2711 283 6000
Email: Twitter: @amnestypress or @AmnestySAfrica or @AmnestySARO

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