DjiboutiEastern Africa/April 10, 2017/Ndonde Peterson/646 views /ADDIS ABABADjiboutiFIDHGovernmentOPPOSITION party Djibouti – FIDH Calls For The Release Of Opposition Party Members In Detensionshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelAddis Ababa – The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) called on Friday for the “immediate and unconditional release” of opposition party members arrested last month in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. Police detained 19 members of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD) in a move the Paris-based rights group said was a sign of the growing authoritarianism of President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s government. ALSO READ Rwanda: Kagame, Magufuli Hold Bilateral Talks in Dar es SalaamWhile 10 people were later released without being charged, nine were accused of “illegal banking activity”, which the FIDH said was related to a microcredit programme operated by the party that provided business financing to about 30 people. Five people were also charged with “illegal political activities” and incarcerated in the country’s main prison. ALSO READ Rwanda, Netherlands sign Rwf26bn deal for local govts infrastructure dev'tThe FIDH said their attorney was not allowed to visit them in detention and was threatened with arrest during a meeting at the prosecutor’s office. “Political repression has once more befallen Djibouti, where arrests of political opponents are now the norm,” FIDH Vice-President Drissa Traore said in the statement. “The continued degradation of human rights remains a source of concern for the stability of the country.” ALSO READ Ethiopia: Pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Plane Reported Flight Control Problems - CEOGuelleh has held power for 18 years in the country, strategically positioned on the Red Sea and home to several foreign military bases. He won a fourth term in April 2016 with more than 86% of the vote in an election that opposition parties denounced as an “electoral masquerade”. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:ADDIS ABABADjiboutiFIDHGovernmentOPPOSITION party share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleSouth Africa – Remembering South African struggle hero Chris Hani: lessons for todaynext articleSenegalese Government Condemns Attacks In Places Of Worship In EgyptRelated Posts25 shares Djibouti/March 18, 2019 /No Comment Djibouti President Visits Mogadishu10 shares Djibouti/March 14, 2019 /No Comment Rwanda: Handball – Rwanda U18 Team Outclass Djibouti to Reach SemisSomalia: France’s Macron Eyes Investments in Strategic DjiboutiRwanda: Nishimwe Eyes Podium at International Meeting of DjiboutiAfrica: Macron Kicks Off Africa Tour With DjiboutiEthiopia: FM Workneh Leaves for DjiboutiDjibouti Affirms Its Position As a World Class Commercial and Logistics HubEthiopia, Djibouti Seal Gas DealEthiopia: Joint Port Dev’t Agreement Not Moving At Desired PaceAfrica: What Is Female Genital Mutilation and Where Does It Happen?