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Djibouti: Treatment by government authorities of members of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (Mouvement pour le renouveau démocratique et le développement-MRD) and those of the Party for Democratic Renewal (Parti du renouveau démocratique - PRD), including their family members (2000-August 2005)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa
Publication Date 11 August 2005
Citation / Document Symbol DJI100421.E
Reference 7
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Djibouti: Treatment by government authorities of members of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (Mouvement pour le renouveau démocratique et le développement-MRD) and those of the Party for Democratic Renewal (Parti du renouveau démocratique - PRD), including their family members (2000-August 2005), 11 August 2005, DJI100421.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/440ed6f22.html [accessed 24 July 2014]
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Information on the treatment of members of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD) was scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

News media and human rights sources stated that Houssein Ahmed Farah, brother of Daher Ahmed (editor of Le Renouveau Djiboutien), and journalist with the same newspaper, was arrested by police officers on 8 June 2004 during a procession of the Djibouti president's wife in Djibouti city (IFEX 15 June 2004; RSF 15 June 2004; Le Renouveau Djiboutien 10 June 2004.). Described as being one of the most active and dynamic executive members of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD) (ibid.), Houssein Ahmed Farah was detained in Gabode central prison in "harsh" conditions while no visits or contacts with other persons were allowed (IFEX 15 June 2004; RSF 15 June 2004). Houssein Ahmed Farah was released on 17 June 2004 (ibid. 18 June 2004; Le Renouveau Djiboutien 24 June 2004).

In addition, a 3 July 2003 Le Renouveau Djiboutien report stated that four MRD members, namely Pauline Mohamed Abdou, Farah Abadid Hildid, Farah Said Farah and Hassan Omar Robleh, were given a two-month suspended sentence and released from Gabode prison where they had been detained since 25 June 2003 for having displayed a poster demanding the release of Daher Ahmed Farah, president of MRD (Le Renouveau Djiboutien 3 July 2003). Corroborating information on the arrest and detention of the four MRD members could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Information on the treatment by government authorities of members of the Party for Democratic Renewal (Parti du renouveau démocratique-PRD) and their family could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX). 15 June 2004. "Journalist from "Le Renouveau" Newspaper Arrested." [Accessed 9 Aug. 2005]

Le Renouveau Djiboutien [Djibouti]. 24 June 2004. No 518. "Houssein Ahmed Farah Libéré." [Accessed 9 Aug. 2005]
_____. 10 June 2004. No 516. "Houssein Ahmed Farah du MRD dans les geôles du régime." [Accessed 9 Aug. 2005]
_____. 3 July 2003. No 485. "Les circonstances d'une certaine arrestation." [Accessed 11 July 2005]

Reporters sans frontières (RSF). 18 August 2004. "Houssein Ahmed Farah libéré." [Accessed 8 Aug. 2005]
_____. 15 June 2004. "Reporters sans frontières s'insurge contre l'interpellation d'un journaliste du Renouveau." [Accessed 8 Aug. 2005]

Additional Sources Consulted

Publications: Africa Confidential, Africa Research Bulletin, Jeune Afrique/L'Intelligent, Resource Centre country file.

Internet sites, including: AllAfrica.com, Danish Immigration Service, Djiboutian Human Rights League (LDDH), European Country of Origin Information Network (ECOI), Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'homme (FIDH), Freedom House, Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), Norwegian Refugee Council, ReliefWeb, United Kingdom – Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND), United States Department of State.

Copyright notice: This document is published with the permission of the copyright holder and producer Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The original version of this document may be found on the offical website of the IRB at http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/. Documents earlier than 2003 may be found only on Refworld.

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