Djibouti:DAF still held Being unlawfully at the notorious Gabode Prison Despite been Released by the Court




Djibouti, June 11, 2014

Mr. Ahmed Farah Said DAF, President of DSM and spokesperson USN, arrested May 22, 2014 at 15h at home by the criminal police and placed in detention warrant to Central Prison Gabode after presentation to the prosecution 24 May 2014 was presented yesterday for the 3rd straight week the prosecution.

Count mounted any room, was reclassified to 3 times. DAF’s trial was referred to two (2) times already (Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and Tuesday, June 3, 2014). Moreover, these multiple references trial had one goal: to maintain arbitrarily Farah in prison. And evidence after the acquittal pronounced by the court of Djibouti yesterday, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, DAF is still illegally and arbitrarily held at Central Prison Gabode in violation of all constitutional provisions relating to the protection of citizens, respect for freedoms fundamental to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This reflects the lack of considerations that the Djiboutian authority granted to the texts of the republic, conventions and international treaties.

The ODDH denounces and condemns these repeated violations and abuse of Djiboutian citizens in general and opponents in particular. Based on the information in our possession, it is clear that the continued imprisonment of Farah is arbitrary and should receive immediate and unconditional release.

Fifty people arrested yesterday in the floor of Djibouti

Last Tuesday about fifty people came to show their support and solidarity with Farah, were arrested by the police. These people are still being held in inhumane conditions in this time of great heat. Dispersed among the various brigades of the Gendarmerie at Djbouti city. According to the information we have 19 were detained in North or SRD brigade, 18 brigade Ambouli (and women), 5 to 7 and finally 3/4/5 brigade to brigade Einguela. In total 49 people were detained at the time of going to press this release.

Among those detained:

Farah Saada Badar, chairwoman of the Women’s Commission of the USN, Mohamed Ibrahim Wais, journalist, Aicha Dirir, Saada Djama, Mouhyadine Mohamed Yacine, Mahado Ali Ahmed, Ahmed Abdo Hamda.

The ODDH denounces and condemns these acts and these repeated violations of human rights and called once again to the public:


  • To comply with the constitutional provisions on the protection of citizens, respect for fundamental freedoms, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of rights.


  • At the unconditional release of all political prisoners, cessation of prosecutions and harassment sympathizers, activists of the opposition but also associations and citizens wrongly or rightly as close to the opposition,


  • At the opening of a respectful and fair political dialogue to overcome the unprecedented crisis.


  • In the implementation of democratic reforms to pave the way for a genuine rule of law.


Act for democracy, dignity and justice.

The President of the ODDH

Farah Abdillahi Miguil


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