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Somaliland charges jailed poet Naema Ahmed

Poet Naema

On 4th March 2018, the Office of the Attorney General charged Neama Ahmed Ibrahim who was arrested on 27th January 2018 from Hargeisa Egal International Airport while she was traveling to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

The prosecution charged Naema of two accounts: Anti-national Activity of a citizen abroad (article 212 of the Penal Code) and Bringing the Nation or the State into Contempt (article 219(2) of the Penal Code).

As stated in the charge sheet dated on 4th March, the first charge relates to a Facebook post allegedly written by Naema in her Facebook account. The prosecution says the post “weakens the existence, unity, and solidarity of the State.”

The second charge is about “insult and defamation against the state circulated in the media,” by Naema, the charge sheet says.

If found guilty, Naema could face more than eight years of imprisonment.

Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud who was arrested on 7th February 2018 for Facebook posts, is also in detention. Mohamed was arrested for comments posted on his Facebook account. The Deputy Attorney General who in earlier 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.

The Constitution of Somaliland, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantee freedom of expression.

Human Rights Centre requests the government of Somaliland to drop all charges against Naema, and to release both Naema Ahmed and Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud.

Guleid Ahmed Jama

Director of Human Rights Centre, Hargeysa Somaliland

Dawladda Somaliland waxaay dacwad ku soo oogtay Abwaan Naciima Axmed

4tii March 2018, Xafiiska Xeer-ilaalinta ee Somaliland wuxuu dacwad ku soo oogay Naciima Axmed Ibraahim oo laga xidhay 27kii January 2018 gegida diyaaradaha ee Cigaaal iyada oo u sii socotay Xamar.

Naciima waxay Xeer-ilaalintu ku eedaysay “hawlo Qaranka ka dhan ah oo muwaadin ka sameeyo dalka debediisa (Qodobka 212 ee Xeerka Ciqaabta) iyo Ceebayn Qaran (qodobka 219 ee Xeerka Ciqaabta).

Sida ku qoran eedda, eedda hore waxaay la xidhiidhaa qoraal la sheegay in Naciima soo dhigtay barteeda Facebook ga. Xeer Ilaalintu waxaay sheegtay in qoraalkaasi “wiiqayo jirtaanka Qaranka JSL, midnimadiisa iyo wada jirkiisa.”

Eedda labaad waxaay ku saabsan tahay “cay iyo ceebayn ay u gaysatay Qaranka JSL,” sida ku qaran xaashida eedda.

Hadii lagu helo Naciima qodobadaas, waxaay wajihi kartaa in ka badan sideed sanadood oo xadhig ah.

Maxamed Kayse Maxamuud oo la xidhay 7dii February 2018 ayaa isna weli u xidhan qoraalo la sheegay inuu Facebook ga soo dhigay. Ku-xigeenka xeer-ilaaliyaha guud oo hore ula hadlay VOASomali wuxuu sheegay in loo haysto dacaayad ka dhan ah qaranka Somaliland.

Somaliland waxaay ku dhawaaqday 18 May 1991 inay dib uga la soo noqotay Somalia madax-banaanideedii.

Dastuurka Somaliland, Mucaahadada Caalamiga ah ee Xuquuqal Insaana iyo Baaqa Caalamiga ah ee Xuquuqal Insaanku waxaay damaanad qaadeen xorriyadda cabiraadda aragtida.

Xarunta Xuquqal Insaanku waxaay ugu baaqaysaa Dawladda Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland inay la noqoto eedaha ay ku soo oogtay Naciima islamarkaana ay xoriyeedooda u soo celis Naciima Axmed iyo Maxamed Kayse Maxamuud.

Guleid Ahmed Jama

Gudoomiyaha Xarunta Xuquuqal Insaanka

Hargeysa Somaliland

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