Somaliland: Police Violations of Rights in the Increase-HRC Report

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Somaliland: Police Violations of Rights in the Increase-HRC Report

Somalilandsun: The 2nd quarter of 2021 has recorded a sharp increase in state perpetrated instances of human rights violations in Somaliland.

These violations comprise of police brutality, arbitrary detentions, issues related to freedom of expression and gender-based violence reveals the Human Rights Centre-HRC in its 2nd 2021 quarterly report.
The HRC a local rights body based in Hargeia details a number of these violatons that give prominence to arbitrary arrests  and muzzling of right to expression.
QUOTE – The Quarterly Report of Human Right Centre Date: 8/09/2021
Human Rights Centre is publishing its second quarterly report for the months of May-August 2021. The report emphasizes human rights abuses occurred for the past 4 months in Somaliland. These violations comprise of police brutality, arbitrary detentions, issues related to freedom of expression and gender-based violence. Gender-based violence cases has seen an increasing numbers of violations.
Of cases related to police brutality, a police officer from Qudhac dheer police station shot a victim seven times in his legs on April 19, 2021. The victim is Abdiassis Abdillahi who lives in the city of Hargeisa. The police officer involved in the case was arrested for a month before being released. Abdiassis is still in the hospital, as a result of multiple injuries and damage done to his body.
Article 24(2) of the Somaliland constitution states “Every person shall have the right to security of his person. Physical punishment and any other injury to the person are prohibited.”
Arbitrary detention of political opposition leaders has also seen an increasing trend. Saleeban Cawaale Good is the UCID Deputy National Information Secretary. He was arrested on August 28, 2021 without warrant and held without trial for holding a press conference in which he criticized the governor of Awdal region. The arbitrary arrest of Saleeban Cawaale Good is against Somaliland constitution, as mentioned in article 25(1), in particular states that “No person shall be deprived of his liberty except in accordance with the law.” On the other hand, article 32(1) grants citizens the right to express opinions orally, visually, artistically or any methods they so choose.
Human Rights Center is concerned with the reoccurring violations and urges for Somaliland government to accept these conditions:

  1. Find better methods to implement and enforce laws and reform the police force
  2. Hold the police accountable for infractions occurred on the job
  3. Release Saleeban Cawaale Good without conditions.
  4. Find better laws that are specific to gender and until parliament can find a better law, to enforce the 2018 Act.

Yaasmiin Omar H. Mohamoud
Chairperson of the Human Rights Center
Hargeisa Somaliland
hrcsomaliland@gmail.com
Twitter: @hrcsomaliland
Full report below in PDF
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