Djibouti: The Security Forces Assault the Demonstrators and Arrest Religious Scholars on Charges of Stirring the Sedition

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the engagement with the demonstrators by the security forces. The demonstrators have assembled to protest against the arrest of the opposition leaders and the the legislative elections results. ANHRI expresses its strong resentment regarding bringing some of the religious scholars before the court on charges of stirring the sedition and riots. On March 1, 2013, corespondent to Friday, witnessed violent clashes between the security forces and the young demonstrators from the members the union for the national salvation, who demonstrated against the arrest of the opposition and to object the results of the elections, which was held on February 22, 2013. The clashes resulted in severe problems as a result of the using of the excessive force against the demonstrators, in particularly, after the decision of the minister of interior to prohibit the demonstrations and marches.

In a related context, the court decided that Abdularhman Bashir, Abdulrahman God and Gheriah Medal, religious scholars who belong to the union, to appear before it on Sunday March 3, 2013, on charges of stirring the riots and seditions.

It is note worthy, that the religious scholars were arrested on Monday February 25, 2013, as the opposition organized demonstrations in the city of Djibouti, the capital, to protest against the results of the elections.

ANHRI said that “the assault on the demonstrators during the peaceful demonstrations and marches, is a serious violation to the right to freedom of expression and to basic freedom, which was established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and guaranteed by various international conventions and treaties”.

ANHRI added “targeting the young men and religious scholars, make the state responsible for violating the African charter for human rights, which was ratified by the state, which guarantee the freedom of expression”.

ANHRI said that the government is responsible for protecting the demonstrators and for the severe loses which resulted from the clashes on March 1, 2013. It also held the state responsible for arresting the opposition leaders without a justification and arbitrary arrest them.

ANHRI demands to open an investigation in the assault on the demonstrators by the security forces, and to rescind the decision of the minister of interior to ban the demonstrations and marches. ANHRI demands the immediate and the unconditioned release of the arrested opposition leaders and the religious scholars in addition to stop harassing the activists and intellectuals.

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