Human rights defender faces continuous reprisals in Djibouti

Human rights defender faces continuous reprisals in Djibouti
On April 15, 2018, members of the Information and Security Service (SDS) confiscated Kadar Abdi Ibrahim’s passport shortly after his return from Geneva, where he had been carrying out advocacy activities ahead of Djibouti’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). To date, Kadar’s passport is still being retained by the SDS, preventing him from leaving the country.
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May 1, 2019: MENA Rights Group refers case to the Secretary-General on intimidation and reprisals for cooperation with the UN in the field of human rights.
September 2, 2018: Kadar seeks assistance of the Mediator of the Republic, the president of the National Council for Human Rights, and Djibouti’s public prosecutor in order to retrieve his passport, but to no avail.
May 10, 2018: Unable to attend Djibouti’s third Universal Period Review (UPR).
April 15, 2018: Arrested by members of the Information and Security Service (Service de documentation et de sécurité), and released later that day. Passport confiscated by the SDS, preventing him from leaving the country.
April 9-12, 2018: Travelled to Geneva to carry out advocacy activities ahead of Djibouti’s third UPR.

Kadar Abdi Ibrahim is a Djibouti-based human rights defender and journalist. Between April 9 and 12 2018, he travelled to Geneva to carry out advocacy activities ahead of Djibouti’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In Geneva, he presented the recommendations included in a joint Defend- Defenders/CIVICUS/FIDH report, and took part in a pre-session meeting organised by the NGO UPR Info on April 10, 2018.

Following his return to Djibouti, on April 15, 2018, he was briefly detained and had his passport confiscated by eight members of the Information and Security Service (SDS) – Djibouti’s secret service – who raided his home. To date, Kadar’s passport is still being retained by the SDS, preventing him from leaving the country, which has a detrimental impact on his work as a human rights defender.