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Somali signs Memorandum of Understanding with United Nation



Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Somali and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, both committing to improve human rights in the African country, Press TV reports.


Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Ali Mohamed said his government is committed to enhancing the capacity of its institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.

Mohamed also called on the international community to assist his administration in rebuilding the country’s law institutions that has collapsed during the decades-long civil war.

Officials from the OHCHR urged the Transitional Federal Government in Somali to investigate human rights violation in Somalia.

“We definitely encourage the government with supports of its people to investigate human rights violations including the killings or assassination attempts against members of parliament, ministers, journalists and ordinary citizens,” Director of the Field Operation and Technical Cooperation of Division of OHCHR Andres Kompass said.

The UN official also underlined the importance of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the al-Shabab militant group.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

PG/PKH


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