31/05/2000 – APPEL INTERNATIONAL DE L’OMCT pour retrouver les 29 enfants mineurs récemment libérés de Gabode et pour leur apporter un soutien matériel et psychologique.

Case DJI 190400.2 CC
Second Follow-up to case DJI 190400.CC

Geneva, 31st May 2000.

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Djibouti.

New Information

The International Secretariat of OMCT has received further information that the 29 children detained in Gabode Prison in Djibouti were secretly
released on 24th May 2000 and sent to an unknown destination. OMCT had previously received information that an official announcement had been made that the children were to be released on 13th June 2000.

OMCT is gravely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of these children. OMCT is also gravely concerned by the risk of impunity of those responsible for the alleged acts of ill-treatment and sexual abuse against these children.

Brief reminder of the situation

The International Secretariat of OMCT expressed its grave concern for the physical and psychological integrity of 29 Oromos (Ethiopian citizens) boys, allegedly detained and subjected to sexual abuse by
fellow adult inmates and prison guards in ‘Prison de Gabode’ in Djibouti for the last 6 months. It was reported that these children were arrested in
the street following their arrival in Djibouti from Ethiopia as refugees from the regional conflict.

Furthermore, according to the information received, the conditions inside the prison are described as suffocating and dirty and they were given
very little guard supervision.

The International Secretariat of OMCT recalled that Djibouti is a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and has obligations
to the provisions of this Convention, particularly Articles 3, 37 and 40.


The International Secretariat of OMCT wishes to thank all those institutions, organizations and individuals who intervened on their behalf. However, OMCT remains concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of these children and their well-being upon their release.

Action requested

Please write to the authorities in Djibouti urging them to:

i. Identify the whereabouts of these children and continue to take measures to guarantee their physical and psychological integrity;
ii. guarantee an immediate investigation into the alleged sexual abuse and ill-treatment, identify those responsible, bring them before a civil competent and impartial tribunal and apply the penal, civil and/or administrative sanctions provided by law;

iii.guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards, particularly the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Djibouti.


Gabode Prison Monsieur le directeur, prison civile de Djibouti BP 12

Son Excellence Monsieur – Ismail Omar Guelle,
Président de la République, La Présidence, BP 6,
Djibouti, République de Djibouti. Fax
(+ 253) 35 50 49 // 350174

Monsieur – Ibrahim Idriss Djibril, Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice, B.P. 12, Djibouti,
République de Djibouti. Fax (+ 253) 35 40 12 //
35 54 20

Monsieur Ali Abdi Farah, Ministre des affaires étrangères,
Ministère des affaires étrangères, BP 1863, Djibouti,
République de Djibouti. Fax: (+ 253) 353840

Monsieur Ali Dini, Batonnier de l’Ordre des Avocats de Djibouti,
Barreau de Djibouti
B.P. 2461
Djibouti, République de Djibouti.

Geneva, May 31st 2000

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.

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