Further information on UA 20/91 (AFR 23/01/91, 21 January) - Djibouti: fear of torture: Ali Aref Bourhan, Aref Mohamed Aref, Mohamed Daoud Chehem, Abdel-Kader, Afada, Ahmed Mohamed Badri, Hassan Kader Dileyta, Mohamed Ahmed Dini, Hassan Ali Harsa, Bourhan
EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 23/02/91
20 March 1991
Further information on UA 20/91 (AFR 23/01/91, 21 January) - Fear of Torture
DJIBOUTI:Ali Aref Bourhan, former Prime Minister
Aref Mohamed Aref, lawyer, nephew of Ali Aref Bourhan
Mohamed Daoud Chehem, civil servant, financial director
Abdel-Kader, police officer
Afada, army sergeant
Ahmed Mohamed Badri, non-commissioned army officer
Hassan Kader Dileyta
Mohamed Ahmed Dini
Hassan Ali Harsa
Bourhan Mohamed Houmed
Up to 100 members of the Afar community were arrested between 9 and 11 January
1991 in connection with an armed attack on a military barracks in Tadjourah
during which a government soldier was killed. On 17 January Ali Aref Bourhan,
Aref Mohamed Aref, Mohamed Daoud Chehem, an army officer and a police officer
(names unknown) were charged with "undermining state security", murder and
attempted murder, offences punishable by death.
Some 30 others were also charged with the same offences. It was alleged that
some had been tortured while in detention.
No date has yet been set for the trial of the 35, the rest have been set free.
Amnesty International is preparing a delegation to visit Djibouti for talks
with the government about these arrests, torture allegations and impending
The Djibouti ambassador in Paris has replied to some UA participants enclosing
a copy of the Minister of Interior's reply to Amnesty International's Secretary
General which did not deal with all the issues raised, but at least indicated
the government's sensitivity to Amnesty's concerns and appeals.
No further action is required at present. Thank you to all those who sent
appeals which certainly had an impact on the government.