United NationsThe Secretary-General is gratified by the 3 March Appeals Court
ruling in Mogadishu overturning the conviction of an alleged rape victim
accused of maligning the reputation of the state. He regrets, however,
that the sentence against a journalist charged in connection with the
case, while shortened, has been upheld.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
welcomes the statement by the Prime Minister reaffirming his
government’s commitment to independent media and freedom of expression.
The Secretary-General urges the Government of Somalia to ensure that
allegations of sexual violence are investigated and perpetrators are
brought to justice. He emphasizes the importance of respect for human
rights and a fair judicial process in the public life of Somalia.