The Human Rights Centre condemns the arbitrary detention of journalists and social activists in Borama and Erigavo. On May 14, 2023, Ali Ismail Arreh(Ali Waheen), a freelance journalist, was arrested without warrant and no formal charges against him.
He has not been brought to court since his detention. During our visit on May 27, 2023, to Ali Ismail at the Borama regional prison station, he recounted his arrest and subsequent detention. According to Ali Ismail, he has been informed informally that he has been arrested for a briefing post about alleged clandestine meetings with the Dir Community in Borama about three months ago that did not happen.
On May 28, 2023, Warsame Kaafi Abdirashid Adam was arrested in Erigavo. Warsame currently works with MMTV. His arrest was ordered by the governor of Erigavo.
Additionally, Naafic Mohammed Qaadi, Ahmed Misan Khairdoon, and Abdiqani Mohammed Dhego were arrested on May 14, 2023, in Borama for social media post. They have not been brought to court nor formally charged with a crime.
The Human Rights Center is concerned with the increasing rate of detaining journalists and social activists arbitrarly and downward trajectory of press and free media sin Somaliland.
As enshrined in the constitution, Article 32 (1) gives citizens the right to express their opinions in any form. Moreover, Article 25(2) requires the issuant of a warrant for all arrests, which is not the case for the abovementioned individuals.
The Human Rights Center urges for their immediate release and demands an investigation on the lack of correct procedural awareness and abuse of power.
Yasmin Omar H. Mohamoud
Chairperson of the Human Rights Center