Resolution on Djibouti

Meeting of the SI Council in Geneva, 7-8 July 2022

Original: French

The Socialist International notes that violations of human rights and the basic rules of democracy continue in the Republic of Djibouti under President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is in his 5th consecutive term. The Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD), a member party of the SI, remains a key target of these heinous attacks. Thus, the Djiboutian authorities have still not implemented the ruling in favour of the MRD that the United Nations Human Rights Committee rendered on November 4, 2020 and published on January 8, 2021, which provides in particular for the cancellation, within 180 days starting from the ruling release, of the presidential decree which had arbitrarily banned the MRD on 9 July 2008.

The SI once again condemns all the above-mentioned violations. These must come to an end. It demands the implementation of the UN Committee ruling on the dissolution of the MRD. It also calls for the implementation of the democratic reforms included in the political agreement signed between the Opposition and the Government on 30 December 2014, such as the creation of a genuine Joint Independent Electoral National Commission and an authentic legal Opposition status.  

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