We condemn Journalists illegal detention & demand their release

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December 03, 2016 in Wararka by somalilandlive Staff
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We condemn Journalists illegal detention & demand their release
 SLL/-We the people / International community condemn extrajudicial arrests of  members of civil society  mainly journalists in Somaliland .

Since yesterday it has come to our attention that two well-respected journalists in Hargeisa / Somaliland , Mr. AliMahdi Jibril  and Mr. Munir Ahmed Egal have been recently arrested for their advocacy of the freedom of speech as well as the harmony of Somaliland tribal fabric . We believe them to be prisoners of conscience, detained because of their work as journalists / politician  in Somaliland , we like to mention also that Mr. Munir Ahmed Egal is senior politician of WADDANI opposition party  . Earlier  today  Dr . Abdirahman Irro the speaker of Somaliland parliament tried to visit Mr. Egal / Mr. Jibril , but  soldiers at Hargeisa central police station start pointing gun on  Dr . Abdirahman Irro the speaker of Somaliland parliament  and threaten him that they will shoot him if he doesn't leave as quick as possible . 


We the people / International community condemn that barbaric action of Kulmiye Politicians who gave command those poor soldiers . We strongly urge International community  to secure that Mr. Munir Ahmed Egal  and Mr. AliMahdi Jibril are immediately and unconditionally released. Until then, we ask International Community to assure their physical safety while in detention and guarantee that Mr. AliMahdi Jibril  and Mr. Munir Ahmed Egal  are not subject to torture or other ill-treatment.

Over this  year, the Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press in Somaliland has caught the attention of the local and international community. The persecution and arrest of journalists, countless trials and lack of partiality, threatens to turn Somaliland's independent press outlets and independent journalists into endangered species. Currently, there are 2 imprisoned journalists, 6 journalists on probation and dozens of journalists regularly threatened, attacked or persecuted.

Somaliland government officials have often harassed journalists, opposition figures, and other government critics. Numerous journalists and opposition activists have been  detained in retaliation for their activities. Many have also been subjected to attempted bribes by government officials eager to bring them into the fold of the ruling Kulmiye party .


The government’s use of the Security Committees is an important human rights issue in and of itself—they have left hundreds of Somalilanders to languish in prison with no due process rights .


Therefore, we appeal to you, UN and other Human Rights organizations. As leaders of the world's political, business, culture and media sectors, we ask that during your interactions with Somaliland President A.M.M. Silaanyo, you discuss the deterioration of freedom of expression and use of the Security Committees in Somaliland , call for Somaliland's government fulfill its international freedom of expression and human rights obligations ( e.g. the African Convention on Political and Civil Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc.), and demand that the attack on independent journalists be ended.


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