Somaliland: Four people detained for expression of opinion

Create by Guled Jama date: 18th June 2016

Between 6th and 8th June 2016, four people, Mohamed Sidiiq Dhame, Mohamoud Ahmed, Nuradin Ibrahim and Mohamed Duale, were arrested after they expressed their opinion on an agreement signed by Somaliland government with United Arab Emirates based company, DP World, to manage Berbera port. The four people including Mohamed Sidiiq Dhame, Waddani opposition party youth wing spokesman, remain in custody at Hargeisa Central Police Station. They were arrested after they participated in a press conference held at Kaah Hotel in Hargeisa on 5th June where they criticized the agreement.

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Human Rights Centre calls on the Attorney General to drop the criminal case against journalist Ibrahim Osman Ahmed

Create by Guled Jama date: 18th July 2016

Somaliland Attorney General charges Ibrahim Osman Ahmed, editor-in-chief of Hangoolnews website. Ibrahim is accused of “publication of false news, false-accusation and defamation”. On 17th July 2016 Hargeisa Regional Court held the first hearing of the criminal case. According to the charge sheet, the editor is charged for published stories written about the Manager of Egal International Airport (Hargeisa) and the Director General of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The articles published by the website criticized the service delivery of the Airport and accused the manager of the Airport on facilitating tax evasion, according to the charge sheet.

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Somaliland: Human Rights Centre expresses concern over calls for postponement of election

Create by Guled Jama date: 20th July 2016

The planned March 2017 election shall take place on time without further delay, said Human Rights Centre in a statement today. The first election of the members of the House of Representatives happened in 2005. Their five years term lapsed 2010. Instead of holding election, their tenure has been routinely extended. The Upper House has never been elected and extends its own term whenever it lapses. No election was ever held on schedule in Somaliland. The Constitutional Court ruled the House of Representatives election and presidential election to take place on March 2017. The National Electoral Commission is now working on that timetable while the voter registration is smoothly ongoing.

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Human Rights Centre Quarterly Report on the Situation of Media in Somaliland

Create by Guled Jama date: 2nd August 2016

Nine journalists were arrested for their work in last four months, and seven journalists are currently facing criminal cases, says Human Rights Centre in a statement today. Human Rights Centre publishes today quarterly report covering between April and August 2016. New criminal cases were brought against five (5) journalists: Mohamed Omar Jaray, a reporter for Boramanews website, was tried and convicted by Awdal Regional Court, Abdirashid Abdiwahaab Ibraahim, chairman of Foore newspaper, Mohamed Mohamoud Yousuf, editor-in-chief of Foore, Ibrahim Osman Ahmed, editor-in-chief of Hangoolnews website, and Alimahdi Jibril Hassan, Bulsho TV, are all facing pending criminal trials at Hargeisa Regional Court.

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