Amnesty International shares the key human rights concerns highlighted in the report of the Independent Expert on Somalia. We are concerned by the overall failure of the federal government of Somalia to improve the human rights situation in the country against the seven benchmarks for human rights progress set out by the Independent Expert last year.
The election of President Hassan
Sheikh Mohamud in May presents an opportunity for the new administration
to address many of the country’s pressing human rights challenges.
Amnesty International notes the goals and activities presented
by the new government including security, justice, reconciliation,
economic and social development, and calls on it to explicitly include
improving the human rights situation in the country as a priority.
The armed conflict between the Somali
authorities with support of allied regional and international forces
against the armed group Al-Shabaab, continues to have a devastating toll
on civilians. All parties to the conflict including international
actors must ensure protection of civilians. The government should also
mobilize resources including by seeking international support and
assistance to mitigate the current climate change induced humanitarian
Lastly, the new government must
demonstrate its commitment to addressing the serious human rights
challenges in the country by finalizing the establishment of the Somalia
National Human Rights Commission and by ensuring that it is
effective, and fully compliant with the Paris Principles.
Thank you Mr. President.
Researcher, Conflict – Somalia and Sudan