(June 25, 2015) On June 19, 2015, Prime Minister Kalzeubet Payimi Deubet of Chad announced that his government was imposing new measures to enhance security in the country, notably the issuance of new identity cards and passports and the prohibition of activities along the Chari River from Gassi to Karkandjéri, including clothes washing. Police forces are now also granted new powers allowing them to conduct targeted and unannounced searches at checkpoints and in public places. (Press Release, Synthèse du: Lundi, le 22 juin 2015, Presidency of the Republic of Chad website (June 22, 2015).)
These new governmental measures are in addition to those previously taken, including a ban of the burqa. On June 17, 2015, the day before the start of Ramadan, Chad’s President Idriss Déby had already asked his Prime Minister, Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet, to inform religious leaders of a new ban on the burqa (a full-body, including the face, Muslim veil) throughout the territory, for security reasons. (Press Release, Prime Ministry, Lutte contre le terrorisme: Communication du Premier Ministre aux leaders religieux, Prime Minister of the Republic of Chad website (June 17, 2015).) According to some news sources, banning of the burqa may help prevent camouflaging of possible suicide bombers. (Chad Bans Islamic Face Veil After Suicide Bombings, BBC NEWS (June 17, 2015).)
Issuance of the new measures and the ban on the burqa follow two suicide bombings that occurred simultaneously on June 15, 2015, in the Chadian capital N’Djamena targeting the National Police School and the area around the central police station. Chad’s government blames the Islamist group Boko Haram for these attacks. (Le Ministre de la Communication, Communiqu[é] du Gouvernement, Prime Minister of the Republic of Chad website (June 15, 2015).)
Prepared by Geneviève Claveau, Law Library of Congress intern, under the supervision of Nicolas Boring, Foreign Law Specialist.