Djibouti

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

Crackdown on critical voices intensifies

Chehem, nicknamed Chehem Renard, was arrested on the night of 5th June 2017 by agents of the Service de Recherche et de la Documentation at his home. Blogger Omar Mohamed Nour, better known by his pen name Omar Zohra, was arrested by security agents the following night on 6th June 2017 in his Q7bis neighbourhood. They were held incommunicado in an unknown location and released on 18th June 2017. Read more

Crackdown on critical voices intensifies

Prominent Human Rights Defender Omar Ewado Arrested in Djibouti

Omar Ewado, Director of the Ligue Djiboutienne des droits de l’homme (LDDH), was arrested on Sunday 19th March at his home. Read more

Prominent Human Rights Defender Omar Ewado Arrested in Djibouti

Attacks on civil society increased ahead of Djibouti election

Attacks on civil society and the media increased in the run-up to Djibouti's presidential election. Read more

Expression in Djibouti

There is virtually no free media in Djibouti, and only one in ten people have access to external sources of news via the Internet. Read more

Peaceful Assembly in Djibouti

In a country where power lies in the hands of a small political elite, peaceful protests are tightly controlled by the authorities. Read more

Association in Djibouti

Despite constitutional protections, civil society organisations and activists in Djibouti experience frequent violations of their right to associate freely. Read more

Djibouti Overview

Aside from guarantees on paper, fundamental freedoms receive little or no protection in Djibouti, which has had the same head of state for almost 20 years. Read more