Djibouti

Protests break out against President Ismail Omar Guelleh

Djiboutians held demonstrations to protest a fifth term for incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is running for re-election beyond his two-decade rule (34 years to be precise). According to the President, “Young Djiboutians told me to stay put, so that’s why I’m standing for re-election". Guelleh, 73, is facing political newcomer Zakaria Ismail Farah, his only rival after traditional opposition parties decided to boycott the upcoming election, citing lack of fairness and transparency. President Guelleh recently engineered a change in the constitution to eliminate a provision that would have prevented him from seeking re-election for a further term. Read more

Protests break out against President Ismail Omar Guelleh

La Voix de Djibouti recognised for their journalism, but attacked by President Guelleh

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) nominates La Voix de Djibouti (Voice of Djibouti), the last remaining Djiboutian independent news source, for their annual Press Freedom Award, the ‘Prize of Courage’; President Guelleh makes inflammatory and inaccurate comments about the media outlet Read more  |  Read in French

La Voix de Djibouti recognised for their journalism, but attacked by President Guelleh

Police crack down on protesters and journalists following rare demonstrations in Djibouti

Throughout June and July 2020, rare street protests broke out in support of former Djiboutian Air Force Lieutenant Fouad Youssouf Ali and against the treatment meted out to him while in detention. The protests were met with excessive force by security forces. Read more  |  Read in French

Police crack down on protesters and journalists following rare demonstrations in Djibouti

Opposition members face increasing restrictions ahead of 2021 elections

Demonstration by RADDE (Rally for Action, Democracy and Ecological Development) slated for 16th April 2020 in front of the National Assembly banned by the Interior Minister; Protests in Arhiba, on the outskirts of the capital city, met with brutal force; ARD party reports kidnapping and arbitrary detention of one of their members Dilleyta Tourab; Report by the UN Secretary-General notes that journalist and human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim continued to suffer reprisals; Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unblocks the website of La Voix de Djibouti, Djibouti’s only independent media outlet; High-profile blogger, Samatar Ahmed Osman's wife arrested, detained and interrogated before release; Read more  |  Read in French

Opposition members face increasing restrictions ahead of 2021 elections

Activists detained for exercising freedom of expression

youth activist arrested for sharing photos online of President Ismail Omar Guelleh sleeping during an international summit, activist arrested after making a speech on corruption that linked high level government officials in the Djibouti regime, Djiboutian government releases 19 Eritrean Prisoners of War (POWs) who were detained in Djibouti for 11 years Read more

Activists detained for exercising freedom of expression

Police crackdown on rare protest in Djibouti

Police used unnecessary and excessive force against dozens of protesters who had gathered in Tadjourah, Djibouti to denounce alleged nepotism. At least six peaceful protesters have been charged with threatening public order Read more

Police crackdown on rare protest in Djibouti

HRD's passport confiscated ahead of Djibouti's Universal Periodic Review at the UN

Authorities confiscated the passport of human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim and therefore preventing him from leaving the country. Read more

HRD's passport confiscated ahead of Djibouti's Universal Periodic Review at the UN

Opposition boycotts elections raising questions about its legitimacy

The opposition decided to boycott the elections held on 23rd February, claiming that it would not be free and fair. Read more

Opposition boycotts elections raising questions about its legitimacy

Several injured during protests in Tadjourah

Reports from local rights groups indicated several injuries as a result of excessive force used against protestors in Tadjourah on 27th October. Read more

Several injured during protests in Tadjourah