Human Rights Centre of Somaliland attends in Ireland the Eight Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders

Create by Guled Jama date: 9th November 2015

Guleid Ahmed Jama, the director of Human Rights Centre attended the Eight Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders on 4th to 6th November in Dublin, Ireland. The Platform held by Front Line Defenders was attended by 120 human rights defenders from 100 countries. Mary Lawlor, the Executive of Front Linde Defenders in welcoming address marked the importance of the platform aimed of protecting human rights defenders at risk. Other key figures including the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Frost, EU special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Labrinidis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, who participated in Skype, and State Minister of Trade and Development of Ireland made keynote addresses. Diplomats, international organizations and other dignitaries also attended.

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Somaliland: Criminalization of media is a practice that hinders freedom of media

Create by Guled Jama date: 10th November

Journalists are arrested and sometimes prosecuted on the basis of the Penal Code. “Defamation and publication or circulation of false and exaggerated or tendentious news capable of disturbing public order” include the provisions in the Penal Code which are applied in criminal prosecutions against journalists. In one hand, journalists and human rights defenders advocate for decriminalization of media and implementation of Somaliland Press Law. In the other hand, the government authorities insist the continuation of applying the Penal Code and criminalization responses. To bring together two opposing arguments in one table to engage in a calm and stable dialogue will help to sort out long standing controversy that flaws Somaliland’s human rights record. Human Rights Centre organized dialogue on criminalization of media in Hargeisa on 8th to 9th November. The dialogue brought together relevant key stakeholders in the area of freedom of expression including journalists, lawyers, and prosecutors, students of journalism and law and academics.

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Somaliland: Human Rights Centre calls on the release of arrested journalists

Create by Guled Jama date: 1st December 2015

Human Rights Centre calls on Somaliland government to release Cabdirashiid Nuur Wacays and Siciid Khadar Cabdilaahi who were arrested on 30th November in Hargeisa. Cabdirashiid Nuur Wacays, chairman of Hubsad newspaper and Siciid Khadar Cabdilaahi, editor-in-chief of Hubsad newspaper, were arrested while they were registering the names of new leadership and ownership of Hubsad newspaper. The authorities claim that the journalists were running unlicensed newspaper. Cabdirashid and Siciid also work for critical local television station called Bulsho Television. There has not been court proceeding that has determined any illegality of the newspaper’s registration, sources confirmed to Human Rights Centre (HRC). Hubsad is a registered newspaper, but the ownership and leadership has transferred from previous management to new leadership. Cabdirashid and Siciid visited on 30th November the Office of the Attorney General to register the transfer. However, the Attorney General instantly arrested them from his office. The Press Law does not require re-registration of a media house if the ownership and staff change.

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Human Rights Centre calls on the government of Somaliland to drop the criminal charges against Hubsad journalists

Create by Guled Jama date: 26th December 2015

Human Rights Centre calls on the government of Somaliland to drop the criminal charges against Hubsad journalists. Cabdirashiid Nuur Wacays, chairman of Hubsad newspaper, and Siciid Khadar Cabdilaahi, editor-in-chief of Hubsad newspaper, were arrested on 30th November in Hargeisa. They were released on bail on 3rd December. But, the criminal case is still pending at the Regional Court of Hargeisa. The journalists are accused of running unlicensed newspaper. There has not been a court proceeding that has determined any illegality of the newspaper’s registration. Hubsad is a registered newspaper, but the ownership and leadership has transferred from previous management to new leadership, according to Hubsad journalists and government issued documents seen by HRC. Cabdirashid and Siciid visited on 30th November at the Office of the Attorney General to file the transfer. However, the Attorney General instantly arrested them from his office. The Office of the Attorney General is responsible the registration of press, according to article 6 of the Press Law.

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