Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Jean-Paul Noel Abdi, President of the Ligue Djiboutienne des Droits Humains (LDDH)

15/02/2011
Press release
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Jean Paul Noel Abdi, President of the Ligue Djiboutienne des Droits Humains has been arrested on February 9, 2011 and is detained at the prison of Gabode.

Jean Paul Noel Abdi is unfairly accused of "participation in an insurrectionary movement"on the basis of Articles 145 and 146.4 of the Djiboutian Penal Code for having carried out his activities as human rights defender by denouncing the repression, on February 8, 2011, of a student demonstration by the security forces [1]

The undersigned organizations are deeply concerned about the health of Mr. Jean Paul Noel Abdi, who is old and suffers from diabetes.

The undersigned organizations call on the authorities of Djibouti to proceed to the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Jean Paul Noel Abdi, to respect the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, and those of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights and of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both ratified by Djibouti.

Signatory Organizations l:

- Federation international for human rights (FIDH)
- Mouvement burkinabé des droits de l’Homme et des Peuples ( MBDHP), Burkina Faso
- Ligue Burundaise des droits de l’Homme (ITEKA), Burundi
- Ditshwanelo - The Bostwana Center for Human Rights, Botswana
- Maison des droits de l’Homme (MDH), Cameroon
- Ligue ivoirienne des droits de l’Homme (LIDHO), Côte d’Ivoire
- Mouvement ivoirien des droits humains (MIDH), Côte d’Ivoire
- Ligue tchadienne des droits de l’Homme (LTDH), Chad
- Association tchadienne pour la promotion et la défense des droits (ATPDH), Chad
- Association africaine des droits de l’Homme ( ASADHO), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Groupe Lotus, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Ligue des électeurs (LE), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Organisation Guinéenne pour la défense des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen (OGDH), Guinea Conakry
- Association malienne des droits de l’Homme (AMDH), Mali
- Association Mauritanienne des droits de l’Homme (AMDH), Mauritania
- Liga Moçambicana dos Direitos Humanos (LMDH), Mozambique
- Association nigérienne pour la défense des droits de l’Homme (ANNDH), Niger
- Observatoire congolais des droits de l’Homme (OCDH), Republic of Congo
- Rencontre africaine pour la défense des droits de l’Homme (RADDHO), Senegal -Ligue sénégalaise des droits humain (LSDH), Senegal
- African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Sudan
- Ligue Togolaise des droits de l’Homme (LTDH),Togo
- Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives (FHRI), Uganda
- Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS), Zimbabwe
- Regional Watch for Human Rights (LWHR), Liberia
- Union interafricaine des droits de l’Homme (UIDH)

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