Human Rights Centre: Recently Ratified Voter Registration Act will delay scheduled Election
Create by Guled Jama date: 4th January 2015
Human Rights Centre expresses its deep concern on recently approved Voter Registration Act which will delay election scheduled on June 2015. On 23rd December 2014 the president signed the bill into law after the Parliament approved.
Article 7 (2) and article 26 (2) of the Act oblige the National Electoral Commission to publicize six months before the Election Day a final list of the people registered to vote. The bill will come into force within thirty days after the date it is published on Official Gazette as stated in article 75 of the constitution. Therefore, it is evident that the National Electoral Commission does not have a time to conclude voter registration six months prior the Election Day. So far (January 2015) voter registration is not yet done while the presidential and House of Representatives elections are scheduled on June 2015.
Human Rights Centre calls on Ethiopian authorities to release detained Somaliland journalist
Create by Guled Jama date: 9th January 2015
Yusuf Mohamed Hasan, editor-in-chief of Somaliland Sun website, went missing in 24th December 2014 at Jigjiga, Ethiopia, and was later confirmed detained, according to Somaliland Sun journalist.
Yusuf visited Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, for private reasons, journalist told Human Rights Centre. He was arrested in his way back to Somaliland through Jigjiga, the capital of Somali region of Ethiopia.
Commemoration of 8th March: End Gender Based Violence in Somaliland
Create by Guled Jama date: 7th March 2015
Every year the International Women’s Day is commemorated across the world on 8th March. Women in Somaliland are not celebrating for victory. Many impediments are hampering women to exercise fundamental freedoms and rights granted to them by Somaliland constitution and international human rights instruments.
Women are suffering female gentile mutilation, domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence. “Human Rights Centre urges the government of Somaliland to fight gender based violence and gender inequality” says Guleid Ahmed Jama, HRC chairperson. “The clan leaders continue to obstruct justice for victims of gender based violence. They shall not be allowed to interfere in criminal proceedings against perpetrators of gender based violence” he adds.
Somaliland: Human Rights Centre condemns the arrest of journalist in Berbera
Create by Guled Jama date: 2nd April 2015
On 1st April 2015, journalist was arrested in Berbera town of Saahil region in Somaliland. Ahmed Saed Mohamed who is a reporter for Kalsan TV was arrested by the regional authorities of Saahil. He is not formally charged of any crime. Ahmed was arrested after he reported story related to management dispute allegedly between Berbera Port Authorities and the Regional Finance Department, journalist in Berbera told HRC. Today, 2nd April 2015, Ahmed was remanded seven days in prison by Berbera court.
Human Rights Centre (HRC) condemns the arrest of Ahmed and demands the immediate release of the journalist. Freedom of media is guaranteed by Somaliland constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is the responsibility of the authorities to respect their constitution.