Somaliland: detainee dies for bullet wounds inflicted by guard
Create by Guled Jama date: 18th August 2015
On 14th August 2015, about 6:00 to 6:30 am local time, Ahmed Dayib Abdi, 22 years old, sustained six gunshot injuries after police officer fired on inmates in a locked cell at Ibrahim Koodbuur police station in Hargeisa, eye witnesses told Human Rights Centre. According to medical report and eye witnesses, six gunshots hit Ahmed. He died for the wounds on 15th August.
According to witnesses, two inmates in a cell struggled. One of them knocked the door and cried for help. Guard approached and ordered the detainees to stop fighting and retrieved back without opening the door. After few minutes, the same detainee cried for help. The guard stood in front of the window of the cell, pointed the gun and opened fire on the room. About 8 detainees were in the room. Ahmed was sleeping and was covered by blanket, witnesses told Human Rights Centre. The unexpected gun fire echoed the room and frightened the detainees. Few minutes later the inmates discovered that Ahmed was shot. The guard who fired the gun was arrested.
Somaliland: court in Hargeisa closes criminal case against Guleid Ahmed Jama
Create by Guled Jama date: 26th August 2015
Today, 26th August 2015, Hargeisa Regional Court closed the criminal case against Guleid Ahmed Jama, the chairperson of Human Rights Centre (HRC). Guleid was arrested on 18th April 2015 after he gave an interview to BBC Somali Service where he raised concern on executions carried out by Somaliland government. He was released on bail in 6th May. Since then his case has been pending at the regional court of Hargeisa. The Attorney General has a right to appeal within 15 days. HRC urges the Attorney General not to appeal against the court decision.
Debate on compatibility of customary law with human rights and democracy
Create by Guled Jama date: 21st September 2015
Human Rights Centre held in Hargeisa public debate attended by students, academics, elders, civil society members and other people. The debate discussed the compatibility of human rights and democracy with Somali customary law. The aim of the debate was to sensitize human rights and democracy with the public by facilitating experts of customary law to dialogue with human rights experts in public place where the participants are enabled to engage in the debate by asking questions and presenting comments.
Two panel guests were invited by Human Rights Centre. Chief Mohamed Ali Mohamed, traditional leader and customary law expert, and Yousuf Mohamed Dirie, dean of social science at Gollis University, debated about human rights and democracy and Somali customary law in a manner that has sparked the participants to deeply analyze the cross cutting issues.
Somaliland: Human Rights Centre condemns the arrest of journalist and traditional elder
Create by Guled Jama date: 26th September 2015
Human Rights Center strongly condemns the arrest of Mohamed Abdilahi Soo fadhiiste, editor-in-chief of Berbera Today website, and reporter for Somali Cable television. Mohamed was arrested on 24th September at Berbera after he aired report concerning public outcry against government ministers who participated in Eid festival at Berbera, sources at Berbera confirmed to HRC. The report covered shouting protesting against the ministers who in the Eid prayers talked about controversial proposed transfer of Petroleum Tanks in Berbera. The government suggested to privatize government owned Petroleum tanks in Berbera port.
Arrest of journalists is recurrent practice contrary to the constitution of Somaliland which guarantees freedom of press as stipulated in article 32 of the constitution.