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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Djibouti, officially known as the Republic of Djibouti, is a small country located in the Horn of Africa, in the eastern part of the African continent. Situated on the continent's northeastern coast, bordering the Red Sea, Djibouti is a strategic location and a hub for trade and commerce. It's home to a rich tapestry of ethnic groups, including the Afar, Issa, and Somali people. Djibouti's religious makeup is equally diverse, encompassing Islam as the predominant faith, intermingled with various indigenous belief systems. This mix of cultures and faiths contributes to the country's unique identity.

The legal system in Djibouti combines French Civil Law based on the Napoleonic Code and Islamic Law (Sharia), which overlap, particularly on family matters relating to marriage and inheritance.

Like many other nations, Djibouti inherited colonial-era laws from its former colonial ruler, France. Although suicide was decriminalised in France in 1791, the offence has remained in the corpus of other laws around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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