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Procedure : 2013/2690(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B7-0347/2013

Texts tabled :

B7-0347/2013

Debates :

PV 04/07/2013 - 17.1
CRE 04/07/2013 - 17.1

Votes :

PV 04/07/2013 - 18.1

Texts adopted :

P7_TA(2013)0334

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0347/2013
2.7.2013
PE515.891v01-00
 
B7-0347/2013

with request for inclusion in the agenda for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure


on Djibouti (2013/2690(RSP))


Charles Tannock on behalf of the ECR Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Djibouti (2013/2690(RSP))  
B7‑0347/2013

The European Parliament,

- Having regard to the legislative elections in Djibouti of 22nd February 2013;

 

- Having regard to the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights, which Djibouti has ratified;

 

- Having regard to Rule 122 of its Rules of Procedure.

 

 

A. Whereas by virtue of its position at the tip of the horn of Africa and the entrance to the Red Sea, Djibouti and its strategic infrastructure (ports and free zones) is important for the whole region;

 

B. Whereas Djibouti has played a key role in combating piracy and terrorism in the region;

 

C. Whereas since 1999 Djibouti has been ruled by President Ismail Omar Guelleh's Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) effectively as a one-party state and was re-elected President in 2005 with 100% of share of the vote and has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016;

 

D. Whereas the elections on February 22nd 2013 marked the first time that opposition parties took part in the elections, due to a new method of partial proportional representation that promised to allow parliamentary representation of the political minority;

 

E. Whereas, according to the results announced by the Constitutional Court, the UMP won over 80% of the seats and subsequently declared victory, claiming 55 of the National Assembly's 65 seats;

 

F. Whereas the elections were observed by the African Union, the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), who oversaw 154 polling and 12 counting centres, where they subsequently emphasised the transparency of the vote and did not identify any cases of fraud or ballot paper tampering;

 

G. Whereas the opposition, USN (Union pour le Salut National) have denounced the election results with accusations of vote rigging and widespread fraud;

 

H. Whereas the results of the parliamentary elections of February 22 have not yet been published, despite requests from the European Union, leading to continued suspicion of fraud;

 

I. Whereas the demonstrations that followed the elections were met with a disproportionate use of force by the security services, where they shot at least ten dead and arrested over a thousand protesters;

 

J. Whereas currently sixty political prisoners remain under detention by the authorities;

 

K. Whereas throughout the UMP's rule opposition parties and activists have continually been repressed and many party leaders and journalists have been subjected to legal proceedings;

 

L. Whereas on 23 June 2013, police charged hundreds of supporters of the USN, who were protesting in support of three political prisoners MM. Abdurahman Beshir Suleiman, Abdurahman Barkad God and Guireh Meidal Guelleh;

 

M. Whereas the latter appeared before the Supreme Court of Djibouti to appeal against their conviction in April 2013 to 2 years in prison (18 months without remission) and deprivation of their civic and civil rights; whereas the police arrested around 500 demonstrators and detained them until the following day in harsh prison conditions.

 

N. Whereas the journalist Abdallah Mydaneh Okieh, stands accused of "defamation of the police" for posting pictures online of demonstrators and victims of excessive force by the security services;

 

O. Whereas Article 10 of the Constitution states that "the right to a defence, including the right to be assisted by a counsel of his choice, is guaranteed at all stages of the proceedings";

 

 

1.  Calls on the Djibouti authorities to immediately cease the repression of political opponents, human rights defenders and journalists;

 

2.  Calls on the Djibouti authorities to free all detainees whose arrests were politically motivated;

 

3.  Asks the Djibouti authorities to comply without delay with recognised civil liberties, political and human rights as well as press freedoms that are based on national and also international laws with which Djibouti have already endorsed;

 

4.  Demands the authorities to respect the right for a defence, in particular access to counsel of choice for the accused at all stages of proceedings;

 

5.  Is extremely concerned at the extremely poor and worrying conditions of prisons in Djibouti;

 

6.  Calls for the full publication of the results of February's legislative elections and specific details for each voting station;

7.  Requests the Government to open up the political dialogue with the opposition, with the assistance of organisations that observed the elections, in particular the African Union;

 

8.  Urges the Union and its partners to work with the Djiboutians on long term political reform, which should be particularly facilitated by the strong relationship that already exists considering that Djibouti has been a key component of the fight against terrorism and the region as well as hosting a military bases;

 

9.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Djiboutian Government, the institutions of the African Union, IGAD, the Arab League, the OIC and the Vice-President and High Representative of the European Commission;

 

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