06/03/11 (B594) Communiqué en Anglais FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM FROM INTIMIDATION. // Liberté de parler, liberté de manifester (AAA – Afar Alliance Action)

Today [March 4 2011] Protesters in Djibouti were to join anti-government forces however the government is making assembly difficult due to a large police and military presence. Authorities have warned that they will do everything to try and stop the protest and have made good on this by arresting many thus far.

These defensive measures taken by the government expresses the regimes’ fear of losing its grip on power and that the end for them could be very near. For those who are still able to assemble today we spend our prayers of encouragement and solidarity for their struggle and valor.

We were also surprised and dissatisfied that the Foreign Minister of Djibouti appeared on state television to discourage and frighten the people. The Afar people also know that these acts of intimidation only go so far and ultimately do not have an enduring effect of control.

We also call on the international community to recognize the gravity of the government suppression and brutality against its own.

Afar Alliance (AAA)

20/02/11 (B592) Communiqué d’Afar Action Alliance (USA – En Anglais) Djibouti’s attack on peaceful protestors must stop! // Le Gouvernement doit cesser d’attaquer les manifestants pacifiques

The Djibouti government should stop what appears to be organized attacks on pro Democracy demonstrators. yesterday Friday February 18 2011, Guelleh’s government initiated attacks on peaceful demonstrators which resulted in few dead and dozens Injured.

The
government should hold those responsible to account. the government has a Responsibility not only to respect the rights of peaceful assembly and expression But also to protect protesters from violent attacks. we call on Djibouti government to immediately release dozens of civilians that was arrested yesterday without any conditions

We also call on United States and European union to use their leverage with Djibouti government to ensure that there is no further violence Against peaceful protesters.

It is a basic human right to speak out freely against injustice and tyranny.

Afar Action Alliance ( AAA)
P O BX 582143
Minneapolis, MN 55458

15/02/11 (B591) Afar Action Alliance développe une campagne d’information à l’attention de Mme Clinton et des représentants américains concernés par la politique étrangère, pour les informer de la situation de dictature à Djibouti et pour leur demander de soutenir les aspirations démocratiques de la population qui s’exprimeront lors de la manifestation du 18 février(En Anglais)

Today Tuesday, February 15, 2011,

The AFAR Action Alliance will be contacting the United States House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs. Chairman Ileana Ross as well Honorable Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Honorable James B Steinberg will be contacted via fax and telephone conversation to gain support for Djibouti democratic movement. Here listed below are some of the letters of protest sent.

_______________ Lettre aux représentants américains

Afar Action Alliance

To: US House of Representatives
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Washington DC, 20515
Attention: Chairman Ileana Ross

For over 33 years the Djiboutian people have been living under oppression. The Djiboutian people have been denied basic living necessities. The government has exercised violence against it own people. Displacing, maiming and killing indiscriminately.

His excellence president Obama said “The United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful, this is our time to turn rhetoric into action, we urge our administration to seize the chance, embark on a new course toward peace, democracy and prosperity for the people”.

This is want we wish for the people of Djibouti. On February 10th 2011 Amnesty International condemned human rights abuse in Djibouti.

The Guelleh’s government has relied on Particular on a “dangerousness” provision of the criminal code that allows authority to imprison individuals before they have committed a crime on the suspicion that they might commit an offence in the future. There is no question the Djibouti government bears full and exclusive responsibility for the abuse it commits.

Demands that we want met; are that Ismail Omar Gelleh should not run for third term as president of Djibouti. He must allow Djiboutian people to establish a new government free from him. There must be free and fair elections clean from nepotism and family favouritism. Djibouti people must be free.

There will be demonstration on the 18th of February 2011 in Djibouti. These demonstrations are to be conducted peacefully and freely. People from all walks of life in Djibouti including civil servants are to participate in this exercise of democracy. Ismail Omar Gelleh has no confidence in his police force.

Ismail Omar Gelleh should be advised to refrain from using the 500 Somali police training in Djibouti supervised by Ugandan officers. He has in the past used them against dissidents and to patrol the City of Djibouti on the 31st of December 2010. We Djibouti Americans want our government to be aware Djibouti situation.

Please share this statement with members of your committee. In addition would be very grateful if you would include this letter in the record of your hearing.

Thank you Madam Chairman.
_______________________ Lettre à Mme H. Clinton

Ali Sultan
President
Afar action alliance (AAA)

Afar Action Alliance
PO Box 582143
Minneapolis, MN 55458
www.afaralliance.com

To: State Department USA
Washington DC, 20520
Attention:
Secretary of State
Honorable Hillary Rodman Clinton

For over 33 years the Djiboutian people have been living under oppression. The Djiboutian people have been denied basic living necessities. The government has exercised violence against it own people. Displacing, maiming and killing indiscriminately.

His excellence president Obama said “The United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful, this is our time to turn rhetoric into action, we urge our administration to seize the chance, embark on a new course toward peace, democracy and prosperity for the people”. This is want we wish for the people of Djibouti.

Demands that we want met; are that Ismail Omar Gelleh should not run for third term as president of Djibouti. He must allow Djiboutian people to establish a new government free from him. There must be free and fair elections clean from nepotism and family favouritism. Djibouti people must be free.

There will be demonstration on the 18th of February 2011 in Djibouti. These demonstrations are to be conducted peacefully and freely. People from all walks of life in Djibouti including civil servants are to participate in this exercise of democracy. Ismail Omar Gelleh has no confidence in his police force.

Ismail Omar Gelleh should be advised to refrain from using the 500 Somali police training in Djibouti supervised by Ugandan officers. He has in the past used them against dissidents and to patrol the City of Djibouti on the 31st of December 2010.

We Djibouti Americans want our government to be aware Djibouti situation. Thank you Madam Secretary.

Afar Action Alliance
PO Box 582143
Minneapolis, MN 55458
www.afaralliance.com

12/02/11 (B591) Communiqué (en Anglais) d’Afar Alliance pour condamner l’arrestation et l’incarcération de Jean-Paul Noël Abdi et plus généralement la vague de répression qui se développe à Djibouti sous l’autorité d’Ismaël Omar Guelleh et copie d’un courrier envoyé au US department of state pour dénoncer ces violations des Droits de l’Homme

Djibouti must stop Harassment of Human right activists.

Afar Action Alliance – (February 19, 2011) we have contacted Amnesty International regarding the situation with Mr. Jean Paul Noel Abdi in Djibouti.

Amnesty International responded that they are already aware of the situation and condemn the detainment of these activists. We then faxed a letter to Michael Posner at The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. We also sent an e-mail to Ben Rawlence of the East Africa and the Horn of Africa Human Rights Watch and a fax to the Human Rights Watch office in New York.

We continue to denounce all injustices to human rights workers and demand immediate release of Jean Paul Noel Abdi and all others detained. The letters and e-mails are presented below.

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The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor February 10, 2011
Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner
US Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Honorable Assistant Secretary Michael:

We, Afar Action Alliance, are a member of the Afar community in the U.S. and around the world with the goal to advance justice and democracy and equal rights for the Afar people, and other communities as well living in Djibouti.

As you well know, yesterday (February 9, 2010), Mr. Jean Paul Noel, President of the Human Rights League in Djibouti as well as another 8 prominent activists were detained at their homes by Djibouti police. They were taken to the sinister Gabode prison in Djibouti. They are presently being held incommunicado detention and have no access to legal counsel. The corrupt government officials continue to detain activists, but now even the president of the Human Rights League, has been thrown in prison for undeclared reasons. As elections are eminent in April 8th of this year, one can only believe that his detainment is in direct correlation to the upcoming pre-election events.

The Djibouti president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, has recently manipulated the Constitution to allow the head of state to seek a third term. Guelleh succeeded his uncle in 1999; His uncle was in power since June of 1977. This has thus been an authoritarian regime for many, many years.

Having now manipulated the Constitution, human right activists in Djibouti fear that this is yet another step to further stifle their dissident voices.

Honorable secretary, please intervene with Djibouti authorities and ask them to firstly, guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Jean Paul Noel Abdi as well as those other activists who were detained, and secondly, to immediately and unconditionally release Jean Paul and the other.

Lastly and as importantly, we ask you to help END all forms of harassment against all human rights defenders in Djibouti. They must be able to freely, and without interference, exercise their professions and carry out their activities in defense of human rights.

Sincerely,

Ali Sultan
President of Afar Action Alliance (AAA
)

P.O BOX 582143
Minneapolis, MN 55458
www.afaralliance.com