Djibouti: Constant repression despite Progress in informal dialogue

Djibouti, February 10, 2014

 Article 10-paragraph 1 “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person. “(P international act on Civil and Political Rights 1966, ratified by Djibouti in 2002)

Ø   Omar Hassan Waberi and Farhan Meraneh Aden sentenced to 45 days in jail

Of the 12 young activists USN placed warrant to Gabode January 30, 2014, two (2) were sentenced to 45 days in jail while ten (10) others have seen impose penalties of imprisonment. This is Omar Hassan Waberi, a student at the University of Djibouti 3rd Year Science and Farhan Meraneh Aden. Moreover, according to the latest news we learned that the health of the young student, Omar Hassan, requires medical treatment following the violence he suffered during his detention.

We recall once again that the prison Gabode rest by its age and overcrowding a place where the rights of prisoners and human dignity does not exist. The conditions of detention are extremely inhumane violence as: proximity, lack of health, isolation, mixture of common rights and condemned criminals ….

Ø   Mahdi Ali Waberi arbitrarily arrested by the gendarmerie Ali Sabieh

We learned that 7 February 2014 Ali Sabieh city, capital of the Region of Ali Sabih, Mahdi Ali Waberi, parliamentary candidate on the list of the opposition has been arbitrarily arrested and detained about 9am . Moreover, at the same time the gendarmes forced entry (without warrant) at the home of Mrs. Fathia Djama Mihileh activist USN (opposition coalition) to confiscate his computer.

The ODDH calls for public authorities:

  1. At the unconditional release of all political prisoners, cessation of prosecutions and harassment associations and citizens suspected for their hypothetical close to the opposition,
  1. At the culmination of a sincere and frank political dialogue,
  1. In the implementation of democratic reforms to pave the way for a genuine rule of law.

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Act for democracy, dignity and justice.

The President of the ODDH

Farah Abdillahi Miguil

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