Somaliland: The Constitution Enshrines Right to Political Participation says HRC , Condemns the Detention of UCID Party’ Members

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Raage Ahmed Yusuf and Mahmoud Ahmed Yusuf Dhadoon were arrested in Hargeisa after declaring their candidature in forthcoming Elections on an Opposition UCID Party’ ticket on 8th Feb 2021

Somalilandsun: According to Somaliland constitution article 22 (1) “every citizen shall have the right to participate in the political, economic social and cultural affairs.”
So the arrest without a warrant and subsequent imprisonment without being charged at the Mandera maximum security of two UCID party’ parliament and local councils elections , is therefore illegal says the Hargeisa based Human Rights Centre as the local rights activist body in a statement demanding the duo’s unconditional release, below verbatim
Quote – 17 February 2021- Human Rights Centre calls on the government of Somaliland to immediately release two detained opposition politicians.
On 8 February 2021, the police of Somaliland arrested Raage Ahmed Yusuf and Mohamoud Ahmed Jama Dhadoon, two candidates from Ucid opposition party.
Raage Ahmed Yuusuf is a candidate for the Ucid party in the House of Representatives in Hargeisa while Mohamoud Ahmed Yuusuf Dhadoon is a candidate for the Hargeisa city council. Raage is also the Secretary of Finance of Ucid and member of its central committee.
On 10 February 2021, they were transferred to Mandera Prison, a maximum-security prison.
They are not charged with a crime. Family members told HRC that they were refused to meet them.
According to Somaliland constitution article 22 (1) “every citizen shall have the right to participate in the political, economic social and cultural affairs.”
“They were detained without a court warrant, their constitutional rights being denied, and their family members have no access to visit. This poses serious concern at the time of elections where the exercise of political rights and respect of freedom of expression are pivotal,” says Yasmin Omar Haji Mohamoud, the chairperson of Human Rights Centre
As article 27 (1) of the constitution states “any person who is deprived of his liberty has a right to meet as soon as possible his legal representatives, relatives or any other person he asks for.”
Human Rights Centre calls on the government of Somaliland to immediately release the two detained politicians. Ends
Yasmin Omar Haji Mohamoud
Chairperson of Human Rights Centre, Somaliland

 

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