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Somaliland arrests Hargeisa bureau chief of the London based Universal TV

Hargeisa-17th February 2018- Today, the police arrested Mohamed Aabi Digaale, Hargeisa bureau chief of the London based Universal TV.

The government of Somaliland has not commented on the arrest of the journalist. Sources confirmed to Human Rights Centre that he was arrested for a news report broadcasted by the television in early this month.

There was no court warrant permitting the arrest of the journalist, according to Mohamoud Abdi Jama, the chairperson of Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA).

The constitution of the Republic of Somaliland and the Press Law guarantee the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Furthermore, there is a number of other people who are in detention for statements they made. Naema Ahmed Ibrahim, arrested on 27th January 2017, for alleged Facebook posts, Abdiasis Adan Jalow, arrested on 6th February, after he held a press conference purportedly criticizing the power sharing of the new government, and Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud, arrested on 7th February, for Facebook post allegedly related to the unity of Somalia, are all in police custody.

Abdirisaq Ismail Hassan, a licensed lawyer, has been arrested today and brought before a military court which remanded him into custody. According to the Secretary-General of Somaliland Lawyers Association, Abdirisaq is arrested for a question he asked the head of the fire-fighters in a television program. According to a family member, Abdirisaq used to work for the fire-fighters, but later on, left and started practicing the law.

According to article 104 of the Constitution, the military courts do not have a jurisdiction in hearing cases against civilians.

Human Rights Centre requests the government of Somaliland to release all those arrested for expressing their opinion.

Guleid Ahmed Jama

Director of Human Rights Centre

Hargeysa Somaliland

 

Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaanku waxaay codsanaysaa in la sii daayo suxufi Maxamed Caabi Digaale

Maxamed Caabi Digaale oo ah agaasimaha telefiishanka Universal xafiiskiisa Hargeysa ayaa maanta Hargeysa lagu xidhay. Faah-faahin dawladdu weli kama bixin xadhigiisa. Waxa se xoguhu muujinayaan in loo xidhay hawlihiisa warbaahineed wax la xidhiidha, gaar ahaan war ka baxay telefiishanka bilawgii bishan.

Ma jirin wax amar qabasho ah oo ka soo baxay maxkamad oo lagu xidhay, sida uu sheegay Maxamuud Jaamac Cabdi, gudoomiyaha Ururka Suxufiyiinta Somaliland.  Taas oo ka soo horjeedda dastuurka Somaliland. Sidoo kale dastuurku wuu mamnuucay in suxufi loo xidho shaqadiisa warbaahineed. Waxaannu dawladda Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland ka codsanaynaa inay sii dayso Maxamed Caabi Digaale.

Dhinaca kale waxa jira dhawr qof oo kale oo u xidhan aragtidooda oo ay cabireen. Dadkaas waxa ka mid ah Naciima Axmed Ibraahim oo la xidhay 27 January, Cabdicasiis Adan Jalow oo la xidhay 6 February kadib markii uu shir jaraaid qabtay iyo Maxamed Kayse Maxamuud oo la xidhay 7 February, iyada loo haysto qoraalo la sheegay inuu ku qoray bogiisa Facebook ga.

Qareen Cabdirisaaq Ismaaciil Xasan ayaa la xidhay maanta, 17 February. Waxa isla maanta la horgeeyey maxkamadda militariga. Sida uu sheegay xoghayaha guud ee Ururka Qareenada Somaliland, Cabdirisaaq waxa loo xidhay su’aal uu waydiiyay madaxa dab damiska oo ka qayb galay barnaamijka qanci dadkaaga. Xubnin qoyskiisa ka tirsan oo la hadlay Xarunta, ayaa sheegay in Cabdirisaaq hore ugu shaqayn jiray dab damiska.

Sida ku cad qodobka 104 ee Dastuurka Somaliland qof rayid ah lama gayn karo maxkamad militari.

Xaruntu waxaay ku baaqaysaa in dhamaan dadkaas xorriyadooda loo soo celiyo oo la ixtiraamo xaq ay dadku u leeyihin inay hadlaan.

Guleid Ahmed Jama

Agaasimaha Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaanka

Hargeysa Somaliland

 

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