Somalilandsun: The epitome of the Commemoration of International Human Rights Day 10th December, organized by the Somaliland National Human Rights Commission was held in Hargeisa, in a ceremony attended by the Vice President of Somaliland H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail (Saylici), Minister of Family and Social Affairs Hon. Hinda Jama Hirsi (Gani), Attorney General Hassan Ahmed Aden, Deputy Chairman of the Somaliland Refugee and Displacement Commission, Taiwanese Ambassador to Somaliland, Directors, Party Leaders National and many other dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director General of the National Human Rights Commission, Abdisamad Sa’ad, described the Commission’s achievements in the field of human rights, saying, “Today is International Human Rights Day. We are here to raise awareness among the government and the community recognizing the importance of protecting human rights”.
“The commission is a national body established by Law No. 39/2010, which mandates the protection, supervision and monitoring of human rights,” he said, adding that during end-year the commission inspected all police stations and prisons in the country, the country’s justice system and has made reports on the rights of vulnerable people, such as women, children, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and IDPs settlements”.
Director Abdisamad Sa’ad also added, “This year the Commission has received 110 complaints and all of them have been dealt with by the Commission, whether it is Legal Aid, Advice, Correction and whatever they need”.
He continued, “This year the commission has been able to open offices in Awdal, Togdheer, Sool and Sahil regions, with the aim of enabling people of the regions be provided with the services by the Commission and get the right to raise awareness and have a place to complain about human rights abuse”.
“We as a party support you and we will work with you.” said the UCID vice-chairman, who also spoke at the event, pledging his party’s support to the National Human Rights Commission. We are with you.”
Secretary General of WADDANI Party Khadar Hussein Abdi who also spoke the event underlined their confidence in the work of the National Human Rights Commission “I want to say here that we have full confidence in this Commission (National Human Rights) so far their work … “he said
Somaliland’s Attorney General Hassan Ahmed Aden, who also addressed the commemoration of Human Rights Day, said any citizens arrested are usually brought to justice within 48 hours and denied allegations that police, held detainees for more than 48 hours.
The Director General of the Ministry of Co-ordination of Assemblies Council and the Constitution Jamal Abdi Muse also said that the Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland guarantees the rights of the people of Somaliland.
“The word RIGHTS has been repeated 18 times in the Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland, indicating that your Constitution is a good guarantee of human rights. .. “, he said.
MP Abdikadir Mohamed Hassan (Indo-indo) also sent a political message to the international community, and called on the international community “to give Somaliland its due.”
The Minister of Social Affairs, Employment and Family Affairs of the Republic of Somaliland Hon. Hinda Jama Hirsi (Gani) who also spoke at the event suggested law that will protect the rights of girls and boys who are being abused, both boys and girls should be enacted.
The event was also addressed by Members of Civil Society Organizations, the Commission for Internally Displaced Persons, the Media and the people living with Disabilties who praised the efforts of the National Human Rights Commission, and said they stood by its efforts to have a country free from oppression. .
The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Mohamed Barud Ali, stated that God said in the Qur’an, “ ‘We have honored human beings’, but He did not say, ‘We have honored men,’ -so equal treatment for men and women and the protection of women and children are important.’”
“”Every rapist should know that the victim is like his sister, mother, daughter or wife.”
Somaliland Vice President H.E. Abdirahman (Saylaci) who was the guest of honour in the event, said, “We have to stand by anyone who is vulnerable and anyone who lacks rights. Human Rights Commission is ready to carry out the task assigned to it.”
The VP praised the efforts of the Chairman of the Commission of Human Rights, “SLNHRC was founded 10 years ago. During Chairman Mohamed’s tenure, they have taken great and courageous steps, because Mohamed have been a past victim of his personal ideology,” he added.
International Human Rights Day, annual commemorations began 75 years ago, on December 10, 1948.
By: Mahmud Walaleye