Djibouti must do more to apply international human rights standards to its digital rights policies

Djibouti is a small country on the horn of Africa with a population estimate of 1 million. It gained independence from France in 1977 and its authoritarian President Ismail Omar Guelleh has been ruling the country since 1999, making him one of Africa’s longest-serving heads of state. Its 1992 Constitution (as amended) provides for the rights to freedom of expression, opinion, privacy, association, assembly and others. However, these rights and freedoms are severely restricted by the government. Journalists and media face threats, attacks and judicial harassment. The authorities further resort to deliberately slowing down the internet to restrict freedoms online.

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    Households with internet access in 2017

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    Individuals using internet in 2020

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    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017

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    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Djibouti was last reviewed in May 2018. Their next review is in 5 months, which is scheduled for May 2023. It is currently in the NGO submission phase of its UPR cycle. To find out more about the UPR lifecycle click on the Uproar Tools button

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