A human rights lawyer calls Hirshabelle to hold her officials accountable for human rights violations
MOGADISHU ( AXADLE) A local human rights lawyer on Tuesday promised to pursue a lawsuit against key officials in Somalia’s Hirshabelle state regarding human rights violations and against ethnic minorities in the region.
Barrister Abdirahman Hassan Omar, a member of the Somali Bar Association who advocates human rights and freedom of the press, said it was clear to him that human rights violations were being committed by senior government officials in Hirshabelle.
“It has been established that the authorities in Hirshabelle, including the police and the Minister of the Interior, have committed serious human rights violations. We are now convinced to go ahead and bring a case against them. Although Somali courts cannot pursue justice, we will not rest. from seeking external courts within international frameworks, says lawyer Omar to Horn Observer.
He said that according to the federal and regional constitution, state authorities have a greater responsibility to ensure that victims are rehabilitated and held accountable for human rights violations. Non-state actors also have obligations in the liability of the perpetrators.
The abduction and deportation of Somali bantu ethnics in Jowhar, looting of their property, denying their economic, social and cultural rights by closing their media stations and other companies and excluding them from police service, sexual violence against their women and girls are some of the examples described in the lawyer’s documentation.
These violations, according to lawyer Omar, were committed by Hirshabelle Interior Minister Mohamed Ali Adle and the powerful police chief Hassan Dhi’isow. Both men are linked to the region’s president, Ali Gudlawe Hussein, denying victims the right to justice and redress.
Last week, heavily armed police raided a hotel where journalists were holding security training and arbitrarily detained Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, secretary general of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and his colleague Hanad Ali Guled. SJS is the country’s largest journalists’ union that monitors press freedom violations and promotes freedom of expression.
In a speech to the media in Mogadishu, Moomin said on Saturday that he was beaten and threatened with death after criticizing Hirshabelle’s interior minister, Mr. Adle and his police chief, Mr. Dhi’isow.
“The intention was to kidnap me and eventually kill me. But thank God, they were afraid of the international and local pressure that came to their doors,” said the SJS Secretary General. “I do not speak for myself today. I speak for “
“When you look at the pattern of violations that are taking place in Hirshabelle, it is a coordinated criminal behavior of key government officials against certain parts of society. These violations often occur daily, and when a violation of human rights intersects with violations of laws. By armed individuals, it is known as a war crime, says Omar.
REMOVAL OF THE NGO EMPLOYMENT
Two years ago, a group of armed men under the supervision of Home Secretary Adles abducted a young Islamic Relief – an international aid organization providing humanitarian aid and development programs in more than 40 countries – employed by Jowhar. This was after the employee refused to pay bribes to government officials. He was held in a secret prison run by the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).
“An innocent NGO worker was kidnapped and kept in a secret place without access to a court and a lawyer. He was threatened and beaten. Shockingly, the perpetrators are government officials who to this day have not been held accountable,” he added.
The lawyer and his colleagues at the Swedish Bar Association are now appealing to victims of human rights violations in Hirshabelle to appear. “Even if we understand the victims’ right to privacy, we must gather all available evidence to hold the perpetrators accountable,” Omar said.