98

UN official condemns Somalia rape verdict

Press conference Navanethem PillayNavi Pillay calls “deeply disturbing” the conviction of a journalist and the alleged rape victim he interviewed.

The UN’s top human rights official has condemned the trial and sentencing of a Somali journalist, and the alleged rape victim he interviewed, as “deeply disturbing” and a blow to “the fight against impunity” in rape cases.

The journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, and the victim, an unidentified 27-year-old woman, were both sentenced on Tuesday to one year in prison. They were charged with making false accusations and “insulting a government body.”

“This is a terrible blow to freedom of expression in a country where independent journalists have also been regularly targeted and killed,” Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I am very concerned about the impact the penalization of the woman alleging rape could have in the fight against impunity in sexual violence cases, especially given the reports of increasing sexual violence in Somalia.”
Human rights groups have described the trial as politically motivated, accusing the court of covering up rampant sexual abuse of women by the Somali security forces.

“They fabricated a story to hurt the government,” the judge, Ahmed Aden, said in court.
‘Attack on press freedom’

Ibrahim’s arrest followed increasing media attention on reported sexual abuse by Somalia security forces. Earlier in January, Universal TV – a local television station – and Al Jazeera separately published stories about allegations of rape in the city’s crowded camps for displaced people.

Ibrahim had not been involved with either story, does not work for either organisation, and had not published anything of his own investigation before he was detained. The National Union of Somali Journalists called the trial an attack on press freedom.

The United States also criticised the trial, with the State Department saying it “sent the wrong message to perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence.”

During the trial, the judge refused to hear the testimony of three witnesses who planned to appear in defence of Abdinur and the woman.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the president of Somalia, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that while his government “is the only government that has proven” it is dedicated to improving the lives of women in Somalia, he will not directly interfere in the ongoing court case.

“I don’t have the right to interfere in the judicary system… my interference into the judiciary system, will never help the rule of law in Somalia,” Mohamud said in an interview.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders ranks Somalia 175th out of 179 countries surveyed for its 2012/2013 World Press Freedom index.

 

Source Aljaziira


<


daafeet.com Kala Soco Warar Xaqiiqo Ah Email:comments@daafeet.com Email:webmaster@daafeet.com

daafeet.com

Akhriste Halkani Hoose Ku Qor Fikradada (0)




Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

Fadlan Riix hoose hadaad tahay ilbax

WARARKII KU DHAAFAY

tarzan Dhegeyso:Maxamuud Axmed Nuur Tarsan oo Ka Deyriyey Qaabka La Rabo In Loo Qabto Doorashoonka Dalka Ka Dhici Doona
- Aug 27, 2016
Maxamuud Axmed Nuur Tarsan oo hadlay warbaahinta ayaa Walwal ka muujiyay Qabsoomida Doorashooyinka Dadban ...
cabdifataax Dhegeyso Gudoomiye Ku Xigeenka Arimaha Dhaqaalaha Gobolka Shabelaha Hoose oo Aan Ka Wareysaney Barnaamij Isbuucii Tegey Lagu Qabtey Degmada Afgooye
- Aug 27, 2016
Barnaamij loogu magac darey bulsho bile ayaa isbuucii tegey lagu qabtey degmada afgooye ee ...
amin-camir Daawo sawir uu Amiin Camir Ka Sameeyey Damaljadiid oo Raadineysa Odey Dhaqameedyo Cusub
- Aug 26, 2016
Amiin Camir ayaa maanta bogiisa waxaa uu kusoo qaatey sawir ka turjumaaya damaljadiid oo ...
ceelbarde Gudoomiyaha Degmada Baardheere oo Ku Dhaawacmey Weerar Bam Gacmeed Ah
- Aug 26, 2016
Gudoomiyaha degmada Baardheere C/laahi Nuur Xasan (Cadoow) iyo xubno ka tirsan maamulka degmada oo ...
gafow Dhegeyso Taliyaha Nabadsugida Dowlada Federaalka oo Sheegey Iney Ka War Hayeen Qaraxa Intuusan Dhicin Ka Hor
- Aug 26, 2016
Taliyaha nabadsugida dowlada federaalka General C/llaahi Gaafow oo la hadley warbaahinta ayaa sheegay in ...
banadir beach Weerar ay Alshabab Xalay Ku Qaadey banaadir Beach oo Ay Ku Dhinteen In Ka Badan 10 Ruux
- Aug 26, 2016
Kooxda alshabab weerar ay xaley ku qaadey Banadir Beach ayaa waxaa lagu waramayaa in ...
duug3 Alah U Naxariistee Marxuun Maxamed Cali Samatar oo Maanta Aas Qaran Loogu Sameeyey Magalada Muqdisho
- Aug 25, 2016
Waxaa Maanta Aas Qaran loogu sameeyay xarunta wasaarada Gaanshaandhiga Soomaaliya alle ha u naxariiste ...
Dollar Malaayiin Dollarka Mareykanka Ah oo Laga Xadey Bangiga Dhexe ee Somaliya
- Aug 25, 2016
Guddoomiyaha Bangiga Dhexe ee Somalia, Dr. Bashiir Ciise Cali ayaa sheegay in Bangiga Dhexe ...
HADLI Wasiirka Arimaha Dibada Dowlada Federaalka Somaliya oo Sheegey In Ciidamo Ka Socda somaliya aan Loo Diri Doonin Koonfur Suudan
- Aug 25, 2016
Wasiirka Arrimaha Dibadda Xukumadda Soomaaliya C/salan Hadliye Cumar ayaa markii ugu horeysay ka hadlay ...
cumar-dhageey Gudoomiye Guddiga Hirgalinta Doorashooyinka Dadban Oo Shegey Iney Soo Diyaarinayaan Ergooyinkii Dooran Lahaa Xildhibanada
- Aug 25, 2016
Guddiga Hirgalinta Doorashooyinka dalka ayaa sheegay in ay diyaarinayaan Ergooyinkii Soo xulilahaa xildhibaanada Baarlamaanka ...