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Djibouti human rights watchdog condemns political prisoner’s cremation

Friday 6 September 2013 | News | Comments: 0

All Africa has reported this week of a statement released by The Djiboutian Observatory for the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights (ODDH) which condemns the Djibouti police force’s alleged secret cremation and burial of political prisoner Mohamed Elmi Rayaeh’s remains.

Mohamed Elmi Rayaeh, a teacher at a local school in Balbala, was arrested and later incarcerated on 2 August 2013 in Gabode Central Prison. This was the result of his involvement in the February protests following Djibouti’s contested parliamentary elections.

Rayaleh’s family was not present at the burial, and their request for an autopsy was not fulfilled before his remains were destroyed, ODDH said. The ODDH has requested that a commission is undertaken regarding Rayaleh’s death.

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