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  Djibouti Individual Documents since 2005
This Folder contains information that has been obtained since 1/1/05 but does not necessarily mean it is from 2005. The information could be dated from a previous year but obtained during 2005.
  LGBT Rights in Djibouti- by Wikipedia 05/05/09 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Djibouti
"The laws regarding homosexuality in Djibouti are vague and can sometimes be confusing, but it is generally understood that homosexuality is de facto illegal.[2]

Most people interpret the Constitution of Djibouti as decriminalizing homosexuality, but the government tends to adhere to Islamic law more than constitutional law, rendering homosexuality illegal."

(PDF - 148 KB) Document Date: 5 May 2009
  Djibouti: Treatment of homosexuals by society and government authorities; legal recourse and protection available to homosexuals who have been subject to ill-treatment (2004 - 2007), DJI102430.E - by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on www.unhcr.org, 02/26/07: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,,QUERYRESPONSE,DJI,456d621e2,469cd6b62,0.html
"public attitudes and laws concerning homosexuality in Djibouti are "far from liberal" and that this is perhaps as a result of the influence of Islamic law in the country (ibid. 18 Oct. 2004). Cited in the article, a homosexual man from Djibouti states that although there are many gay and lesbian persons living in Djibouti, they live "undercover, unconfident and in fear" (ibid.). The man also notes that there is no organization in Djibouti to support the rights of gays and lesbians in the country (ibid.)."
(PDF - 250 KB) Document Date: 26 Feb 2007
  Djibouti- Canadian IRB: RESPONSES TO INFORMATION REQUESTS (RIRs) 2/26/07
Homosexuality is illegal in Djibouti (AI July 2006; Canada 20 Dec. 2006; UK 15 Nov. 2006). In an 18 October 2004 article, Behind the Mask (BTM), "a non-profit media organisation publishing a news website intended for gay and lesbian affairs in Africa" (BTM n.d.), indicates that public attitudes and laws concerning homosexuality in Djibouti are "far from liberal" and that this is perhaps as a result of the influence of Islamic law in the country (ibid. 18 Oct. 2004). Cited in the article, a homosexual man from Djibouti states that although there are many gay and lesbian persons living in Djibouti, they live "undercover, unconfident and in fear" (ibid.). The man also notes that there is no organization in Djibouti to support the rights of gays and lesbians in the country (ibid.)
(PDF - 58 KB) Document Date: 2 Feb 2007
  Canadian IRB sexual minority cases from Djibouti 2002 to 2005
According to information I obtained from the IRB through an Access to Information Request (File # ATIP A-2006-00061):
(PDF - 24 KB) Document Date: 31 Dec 2005
  Djibouti: illiberal attitudes - Behind the Mask, by Mask Admin on October 18, 2004
According to Kasdil (names have been changed) a man from Djibouti, there are many gay and lesbian people living in the country but they have little by way of a social life. "We are living undercover, unconfident and in fear."
(PDF - 21 KB) Document Date: 18 Oct 2004
  Policy Documents Djibouti : situation des homosexuels à Djibouti; traitement par la population et les autorités; protection offerte par l'État (2002-2004) 16 December 2004, Citation / Document DJI43218.F: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/category,COI,,,DJI,42df60db21,0.html
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Djibouti : situation des homosexuels à Djibouti; traitement par la population et les autorités; protection offerte par l'État (2002-2004) , 16 December 2004, DJI43218.F , available at: http://www.unhcr.org /refworld/docid/42df60db21.html

" Officiellement, la constitution djiboutienne indique que la discrimination fondée sur la langue, l'origine, la race, le sexe et la religion est interdite (Djibouti 4 sept. 1992; Country Reports 2003 25 févr. 2004, sect. 4). Cependant, en pratique, le gouvernement porte atteinte aux droits de la personne (Country Reports 2003 25 févr. 2004, introduction). Plusieurs violations par le gouvernement dans les domaines de la liberté de presse et de la liberté d'association persistent également (Country Reports 2003 25 févr. 2004, introduction; Freedom House 14 sept. 2004).

(PDF - 253 KB) Document Date: 4 Sep 2004
  Mistreatment of lesbians in Djibouti- Aux armes Djiboutiennes ! AFRIK.com 8/8/03
Les lesbiennes, elles vivent dans lombre. Officiellement, les femmes homosexuelles nexistent pas. Pas plus que des associations les regroupant. « Les femmes ne vivent pas librement leur homosexualite. Djibouti est un petit pays. Si une personne est au courant, tout le monde le saura tres vite. Le plus souvent, lorsquelles ressentent une attirance pour une femme, elles linteriorisent, la refoulent. Parfois, elles developpent meme une homophobie », explique-t-on a la Commission Lesbienne, Gay, Bisexuels et transsexuels de la section France dAmnesty International. Les lesbiennes djiboutiennes font tout pour cacher leur sexualite. Certaines se marient pour ne pas avoir de problemes. « Si une femme est etiquetee lesbienne, elle peut etre moralement harcelee et rejetee sur son lieu de travail et par son entourage », ajoute la Commission. Quelques femmes assumeraient pourtant leur homosexualite.
(PDF - 165 KB) Document Date: 8 Aug 2003
  Djibouti: Lesbian Love in Djibouti - Behind the Mask -by Mask Admin on February 1, 2003
Our life changed; people looked after us. Quickly people injured us, threw us stones, sometimes we couldn't get in the shops. Life was a hell. As I was white I was protected and I knew nothing will happen to me, but I was afraid for my friend. In a few months my contract will stop and I will go back to France. I wanted to stay in Djibouti with her but she refused, it will be too difficult for me, and her. We didn't have any future. We started to see each other less, we decided to have sex with boys to stop her lesbian reputation before I left. And then I flew to my country.
(PDF - 21 KB) Document Date: 1 Feb 2003
 
 

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