Djibouti:Torture, humiliation and inhuman abuse 15/08/2013

Djibouti, 12 August 2013

Of the African Charter of Human Rights and Peoples …
Article 4: “Human beings are inviolable. Every human being has the right to respect for his life and to physical and moral integrity of his person. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of this right. “

Article 5: “Everyone has the right to respect for the inherent dignity of the human person and to the recognition of his legal status. All forms of exploitation and degradation of man particularly slavery, trafficking, physical or mental torture, and inhuman or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment are prohibited. “

Constitution of the Djiboutian …

ARTICLE 16 “No one shall be subjected to torture or ill-treatment or inhuman, cruel, degrading or humiliating. Any individual or agent of the State, public authority who is found guilty of such acts, either on its own initiative or on orders shall be punished according to law. “

Since the end of the parliamentary elections of February 22, 2013 whose results have been reported and disputed by the opposition, the violation by the power of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Charter of Human Rights and Peoples International Covenant on Civil and Political and constitutional provisions relating to the protection of citizens and to respect the fundamental freedoms of the republic rights is recurrent.

The evidence and the facts that are reported in this document does not belong to a political calculation or a search for a strong sensation but rather the work of a watchman for the defense of human rights. The stories of those arrested by the police Friday, August 2, 2013 after the Friday prayers Sheikh Moussa Balballa are instructive and provide proof of the veracity of acts commonly reported by organizations of human rights in Djibouti. These people have taught us that the 1 st hour of their detentions happened in foul infested toilets and urine. Besides degrading conditions of detention and cruel, physical violence (kicking, slapping, …) and moral and humiliating tortures, these women have been ripped their sails in breach of Article 11 of the Djibouti Constitution, Article 18 of the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 8 of the African Charter of Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights.

Among them were Nima Barkat (wife of Guirreh Meidal, one of three leaders and sheikhs of the USN, held at the Central Prison Gabode for nearly 6 months) and Two of his daughters, the smallest was barely 12 years old. She was the one who suffered martyrdom during the past in the gendarmerie times:. Bullied, insulted and even physically assaulted (medical certificate in support) to his daughters, however, most of those arrested and treated with Such gratuitous violence on Friday August 2 were women and girls or adolescents.

Today, it seems to us appropriate that:

- The prosecutor of the republic diligent investigation quickly identify the responsibilities so that these kinds of abuses do not occur on the premises of the Republican establishment,

- The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Family Welfare, the CNDH (National Council of Human Rights) and associations of defense of women’s rights condemn these barbaric acts of another time.

The ODDH denounces and condemns the repeated violations against opponents, human rights defenders and ordinary citizens since 22 February 2013.

The ODDH called the Djibouti government to ensure the security of the United Nations Convention against Torture and other international human rights instruments.

Act for democracy, dignity and justice.

The President of the ODDH

Farah Abdillahi Miguil