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Human Rights Centre calls on the government to release a man jailed for Facebook posts

Human Rights Centre calls on the government of Somaliland to release Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud who has been arrested on 7th February 2018 for Facebook posts, according to sources who spoke to HRC. Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud is held in Ibrahim Koodbuur Police Station, Hargeisa.

The prosecution office has not filed a criminal case with the Hargeisa regional court, which remanded him into custody on the request of the Police for pending police investigation.

Mohamed is arrested for comments posted on his Facebook account. The Deputy Attorney General, Mowlid Abdi Mouse, who spoke to VOASomali, called these Facebook posts as a “propaganda against the statehood of Somaliland”.

Somaliland declared restoration of independence from Somalia on 18th May 1991.

Naema Ahmed Ibrahim, a poet, who was arrested on 27th January 2018, is still in police custody. She is also held for Facebook posts allegedly related to the unity of Somalia, according to her lawyer, Mubarik Abdi.

The Constitution of Somaliland guarantees freedom of expression.

For further information, contact:

Guleid Ahmed Jama

The director of Human Rights Centre

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