Somaliland: Human Rights Center Urges Government to charge or release detainees
4th March 2013
Press statement: Immediate release
Human Rights Center is calling the government of Somaliland to immediately release or charge Ahmed Ibrahim and other the detainees.
Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed, 22, was arrested 18th February in Hargeisa about 19:00 local time while he was driving a car to purchase equipments for local news paper. The car was also confiscated by the police. Ahmed was earlier arrested in last year and letter released after about 20 days detention and no charges was ever brought against him. Ahmed is diabetic and relies on medication as his mother told Human Rights Center. The Center is very concerned that up to day he is not charged. We ask the authorities to grant human rights organizations access to meet with Ahmed.
On 27th February, Police forces entered and searched the house of Ahmed’s sister Nimo without court warrant. Article 29 of the constitution prohibits surveillance, search and entry of homes and other dwellings without a reasoned warrant issued by competent judge, and such warrant shall be read properly to the proprietor or occupier before entering. According to article 44 of the Criminal Procedure Code the warrant of arrest shall not be executed in a private dwelling house between the hours of 6:00pm to 7:00 am.
Last month, February, number of other arrests was made by the Police in night time without court warrants. The Police refused to grant details on the number of arrests made and the number who now remain in custody. But Minister of Defense in local media interview, in 27th February, told that 80 people were arrested. We urge the authorities to observe the constitution when they are carrying out arrests, searches and the seizures.
The Human Rights Center is very concerned that article 25 of the constitution was not observed during these arrests. Article 25(2) says “no person may be arrested, searched, or detained, except when caught in flagrante delicto or on the issue of a reasoned warrant by competent judge.”
The Center is also concerned the recent Police raids in residential homes where the Police therein arrested persons, searched and seized property.
Any person who is deprived of his liberty has a right to meet as soon as possible his legal representative, relative or any other person he asks for as enshrined in article 27 of the constitution. The Center is concerned that arrested persons do not enjoy these rights.
We respectfully request the authorities to release or charge any person detained, and to grant the detainees access to lawyers, human rights organizations, family members and medical assistance; and to observe the constitution and the international human rights law.
Human Rights Center is registered non-governmental, nor-profit organization that operates in Somaliland. The Center’s headquarters is in Hargeisa.
Guleid Ahmed Jama
The Chairperson of Human Rights Center
Headquarters: Hargeisa Somaliland Tel: 4468227 or 4472011 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org