Since February 25 in the afternoon and late into the night, the police shoot live ammunition at protesters who challenge the regularity of elections of February 22 and protest against the mass arrests of opponents who continue. The provisional toll is already a dozen dead, a dozen injured, some very serious and hundreds arrested. FIDH and LDDH condemn the disproportionate use of force contrary to international instruments of human rights protection that bind Djibouti, the parties call for calm and asked the Djibouti authorities to open a criminal investigation.
Gathered for a meeting of information to the call of opposition parties nevertheless prohibited by the Minister of the Interior, many protesters expressed their dissatisfaction with the conditions of organization and conduct of elections and the mass arrests of opponents and until late at night despite the introduction of a curfew, Monday, February 25 evening. The police responded by
shooting protesters. According to witnesses, a dozen protesters were killed, including Yusuf Mahmoud Ahmed, a member of the party the Union for National Hi (USN) and Kadir Mahmoud, a student. Others were seriously injured as God and Abdurahman Abdurahman Barkat Bashir Suleiman, both party leaders MoDel or Khalid Mahmoud Hussein Omar and Abar, two students wounded by gunfire. This assessment remains provisional insofar as those killed or injured are not brought into the hospitals where the police stop people seeking treatment there.
Since February 25th in the afternoon and late into the night, the police shoot live ammunition at protesters who challenge the regularity of elections on 22 February and protest against the mass arrests of opponents continue. The provisional toll is already a dozen dead, a dozen injured, some very serious and hundreds arrested. FIDH and LDDH condemn the disproportionate use of force contrary to international instruments of human rights protection that bind Djibouti, the parties call for calm and asked the Djibouti authorities to open a criminal investigation.
Hundreds of protesters and are indeed subject to arrest. Thus, they would be detained hundreds in a detention center Nagad including 35 women, activists MoDel. The police demanded that hold Djibouti Francs 400,000 to conduct their release. Among these women prisoners face including Ms. Abdi Ibrahim Saada, wife of MoDel activist, Abdurahman Barkat God. Ms. Abdi Ibrahim Saada is further diabetic and remains without a care in conditions leading to fears for his integrity.
In addition, at least three militants MoDel, MM. Abdourahman Barkat, Suleiman Bashir and Guirreh Medal, have been brought before the courts and sentenced to Djibouti 3 months in prison for "inciting to insurrection" and were transferred to the prison Gabode. Assistance of counsel and a doctor was denied. The main opposition leaders remain under house arrest, detained or their fate remains unknown to this repression of giving the opposition a total and radical character.
"Once again, we condemn the violent reaction of security forces against demonstrators. This reaction is symptomatic of a power which has always sought to silence any criticism against his governance, "said Paul Nsapu, Secretary-General of FIDH. "The attitude of the police is wrong and must be of a criminal investigation," he has said.
As protests and repression continue, our organizations call the Djibouti authorities to immediately stop the use of firearms to ensure the maintenance of order, and to all parties to call on their supporters to calm.
FIDH and LDDH also called the Djibouti authorities to immediately open a criminal investigation to shed light on jeopardizes the security forces and punish the perpetrators of human rights violations, release the arrested opponents and respect the rights of assembly, demonstration and expression guaranteed by international and regional conventions ratified by Djibouti.
FIDH and LDDH call the international community, including the UN, the African Union, European Union, France and the United States strongly condemn violations of human rights committed by the Djibouti authorities and call a political solution to the crisis.
International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)