Djibouti, on 1 May 2014

Opposition leaders put under surveillance on May1 …


For almost 20 years that any activism, trade union activity, any meeting legitimate unions have fought with great energy power up. And 1 May 2014 was no exception to the rule.  


Very early this morning, the capital was squared: filtering dams on all axes stop and search cars and people. Downtown, police cars were stationed on many void and police were deployed in large numbers in most streets. It was a day under occupation. Any gathering of a few individuals were attacked by the police throughout the capital.


In the city center, the central headquarters of the UDT and UGTD were under siege preventing the arrival of activists and legal and legitimate union leaders. However, union representatives clones escorted by police were admitted access to central headquarters simulate a Day May 1 under police surveillance before the cameras of the RTD.


Procédées arrests were everywhere in the capital, we are talking about a fifty or even hundreds of people. They are currently detained in various police stations and the transit center Nagad.

Among those arrested this May 1:

·         Kadar Abdi, a professor at the University of Djibouti and parliamentary candidate on the list of the opposition

·         Maydan Okieh journalist Voice of Djibouti

·         Saada Abdi, wife of Sheikh Abdurahman Barkat God in prison for more than 14 months

·         Yacin Moussa Ahmed says Garaudy

·         Farah Ofleh,

·         Abdi Doubad …


The ODDH calls for public authorities to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of union activists in accordance with international standards ratified by Djibouti.


The ODDH recommends 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 as well as ‘the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Act for democracy, dignity and justice.

The President of the ODDH

Farah Abdillahi Miguil