Published On: Mon, Mar 4th, 2013

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.

 

Signed by:

Guleid Ahmed Jama

The Chairperson of Human Rights Center

 

Headquarters: Hargeisa Somaliland Tel: 4468227 or 4472011 E-mail: hrc.sl@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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  • HumanRightsWatch

    The Human Rights organizations (e.g. Amnesty International) now know the gross violations of Somaliland Militia in Huddun and SSC regions of Somalia. Case of point is the RAPE and slaughtering (slit of her throat) of 13 year old young girl outside of Huddun by the Isaaq militia. In a conservative society, they use RAPE as a weapon of intimidation and “shaming” of the locals. It’s been documented that in the last six months, the Somaliland militia have raped and killed over 17 (seventeen) females, including a grandmother, in the Huddun area.

    • xirsi

      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest
      darood trash will always be trash of the lowest

    • Truth10

      I heard that too, HumanRightsWatch

  • Ahmed

    Stop this lies.

  • Hanad

    Have we returned to the Era of Siyad Barre? Do we really know what are we talking about? Arbitrary arrests?
    How come this happens in Somaliland at that? Are we kidding? How come that authority is absued? Corruption, favauritism, nepotism etc, those things we know.

  • Dhugtame

    This measures were not taken against normal criminal or political suspects, but be people that suspected to commit a terrorist act and possible kill hundreds of innocent civilian victims.

    Well if you are all concerned about arresting a terror suspect without reading his rights to him, I do not share your concerns. If these guys blew themselves in your family home and killed all your family members, would make such foolish statements? I bet you would have condemned the President and the security forces for not protecting them.

    People get arrested for a legal reason in Somaliland. We are not talking about Mogadishu, Somalia where a victim that was gang raped by the Somalia National Army is sent to jail for speaking out.

    Of course, the intelligence service is not always right, but suspects at least get fair review before they go to trial and if they go to trial they get government funded full legal assistance.

    For those of you who want Somaliland to become a photo copy of Somalia, you are wrong and this will never happen.

  • tellmetruth

    Dhugtame

    If people are taken secretly and held secretly with no mention of their charges, then how do you know if they are terrorists. Unless you are part of or have the right connection to the pretend government to know their internal policies.

    On another note, I wonder how many secessionist here have connections to the pretend government or are members of the pretend government.

    • xirsi

      What is puuntland again?

  • osman Qaal

    If the human rights groups public outcry inspired by solely a poor health of a detainee, they're out to launch.
    A poor health condition of a person of interest shall not warrant a leniency..

  • gobanimo

    Another attemp to undermind the Somaliland goverment by the jelouse and enviouse ones you can say what you whant behind ur fake names, just remember somaliland is built in fair and justice for all its citicens if they are the minority or mijority the weak or strong.Your lies and acusations with out proofs it whant harm her shes standing firm and tall like mountain so before any attemts of harming the mountain mind ur head you faqash

    • tellmetruth

      That's a lie, if so prove it by whole holding a none corrupted or bias referendum. If the government stole votes from its local people (ISAAQ), what do you think it would do to other none (ISAAQ) votes, obviously i'm talking about your last referendum some of favored secessionist like to claim so proud fully.

      @xirsi
      You know you wish you were one of us. Even though say loudly I know secretly you love and admire us Daroods. So as of now you are honorary member, so feel free to be a proud Somali once again. You no longer have an excuse to be disloyal to Somalinimo.

      @Gobanimo
      Why do you treat anything criticizing your pretend government as a lie. We all know Somalilander or none Somalilander such things happen in states where a few rule and sit at the top, even if its a pretend government in a pretend country.

      Somalilandpress, Kudos to your more balanced approach. Keep up the good work, let people see all sides of Somaliland. So people can have objective thoughts and opinions.

      • Truth10

        Well said, tellmetruth

      • hornid

        After reading ur comment, tellmeBS I do not know why you still wasting ur time on SLpress.Faqashpress is maybe so boring? lol

  • Irir Samaale

    People in glass houses shouldn't through Rocks also yesterday they arrested a well known Sheikh after he accused government ministers of corruption and undermining the stability of Sland and even the South. http://www.hiiraan.com/news/2013/Mar/wararka_maan

    • Irir Samaale

      #correction throw

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