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Human Rights Centre expresses concern over forceful eviction by the presidency

4th May-Hargeisa

Human Rights Centre (HRC) is concerned a forceful eviction of families driven out of the land “allocated” by the government for building a new presidential palace.

On 17th April 2019, police forces and soldiers forcefully evicted families from land located south-west of Hargeisa. A video clip and interviews confirmed to HRC that the police have used unnecessary force and detained residents of the land. The police had no court warrant. The land in question has been fenced by the military for the intention of constructing a presidential palace, according to the Director General of the Presidency who spoke to the media.

Those arrested during the eviction were all released, family members told HRC. Medical records and witnesses confirmed that some of the residents were injured by the police during the forceful eviction.

Mohamed Ali Bile, the Director General of the Presidency who spoke to the media, said the government has the power to expropriate every private property it needs. He also agrees that the land is owned by private citizens.

“The fact that the land belongs to private citizens is not disputed by the government. It does not also dispute that it did not pay any compensation,” says Yasmin Omar Haji Mohamoud, the chairperson of Human Rights Centre.

Article 31 of the Constitution protects the right to own private property. The Constitution states that private property “shall not be expropriated except for reasons of public interest and provided that proper compensation is paid.” The Constitution requires a special law to be enacted to determine “matters that are within the public interest, which may bring about the expropriation of private property.”

“Currently such law does not exist and no compensation was paid. There was no procedure followed by the government at all. The military was deployed which fenced a vast area of 4 KM. Then a force was used against the owners.,” adds Yasmin.

 

“This is an unprecedented phenomenon. Families are displaced from their houses. Building a presidential palace is a luxury, not a necessity. The families have a priority for shelter and they have legal documents to claim private ownership protected by the Constitution. The Government is obliged by the law to follow a due process,” says Yasmin.

Human Rights Centre calls on the government to respect the right to private property and allow the owners to return their land.

Yasmin Omar H Mahmoud.

Chairperson of Human Rights Centre

Email: hrcsomaliland@gmail.com

Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaaku waxaay walaac ka qabtaa dad xoog lagaga saaray dhul madaxtooyo loo qoondeeyey

 

Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaaku waxaay walaac ka qabtaa falka xoog ah ee lagaga saaray qoysas dhul ay degenaayeen oo la sheegay in loo qoondeeyey in laga dhiso madaxtooyo cusub.

17ka April 2019, booliiska iyo ciidanku waxaay si xoog ah uga saareen qoysaska dhulkan oo ku yaal koonfurta galbeed ee Hargeysa. Fiidyow la duubay xiligii dadka la saarayay iyo warysiyo ay qaaday Xaruntu waxaay u cadeeyeen in Booliisku isticmaalay xoog aan daruuri ahayn markii uu dadka saarayay islamarkaana uu xidhay dad deganaa dhulka. Booliisku ma haysan waaran maxkamadeed. Dhulka doodu ka jirto waxa dayr ku wareejiyay ciiidanka militariga iyada oo loo diyaariyay in madaxtooyo laga dhiso, sida uu warbaahinta u sheegay Agaasimaha Guud ee Madaxtooyadu.

Dadka la xidhay markii danbe waa la sii daayay dhamaantood. Warbixino caafimaad iyo waraysiyo ay qaaday Xaruntu waxaay ku ogaatay in dadka dhulka deganaa qaarkood dhaawac soo gaadhay markii laga saarayay.

Maxamed Cali Bile, Agaasimaha Madaxtooyadu, wuxuu sheegay in dawladdu awood u leedahay inay la wareegto hanti gaar loo leeyahay hadii ay u baahato dawladdu. Wuxuu qiray in dhulku ahaa mid dad shacab ahi leeyihiin.

“Dawwladdu muran kama qabto in dhulka shacab lahaa iyo inaan wax mag dhow ah la bixin,” ayay tidhi Yaasmiin Cumar Xaaji Maxamuud, gudoomiyaha Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaanka.

Qodobka 31aad ee Dastuurka Somaliland wuxuu ilaalinayaa xaqa lahaanshaha hanti gaar ah. Dastuurku wuxuu sheegayaa hantida gaar loo leeyahay “lalama wareegi karo dan guud awgeed mooyaane, iyadoo markaana Ia bixinayo cawil-celin munaasib ah.” Dastuurku wuxuu waajib ka dhigayaa in la asnxiyo xeer “xadaynaya waxyaabaha geli kara danta guud ee keeni kara la  wareegidda hanti gaar-ahaaneed.”

“Hada ma jiro xeerkaasi, wax magdhow ahna lama siin dadka dhulka leh. Dawladdu hanaan ay u raacday dhul la weerigistaas ma jiro. Ciidan ayaa goobta la keenay iyana dayr ayay ku wareejiyeen dhul wayn oo 4 KM ah. Xoog ayaa lagaga saaray dadkii lahaa,” ayay ku dartay Yaasmin.

“Falka caynkan oo kale ahi hore inooma soo marin. Qoysas ayaa dhulkooda debedda looga turay. Dhisidda qasri madaxtooyo maaha arin daruuri ah. In qoysasku helaan hoy ayaa ka mudan. Waxaayna dadkani u haystaan dhulka dhukumentiyo sharci ah oo lahaanshohooda sugaya. Dawladda waxa ku waajib ah inay sharciga raacdo,” ayay ku dartay.

Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaanku waxaay ugu baaqaysa dawladda inay ixtiraamto xuquuqda lahaanshaha gaar ahaaneed ayna u ogolaato dadka dhulka lihi inay dib ugu soo noqdaan dhulkooda.

Yasmin Omar H Mahmoud.

Gudoomiyaha Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaanka

Email: hrcsomaliland@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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