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Somalia: Somali Govt Welcomes Human Rights Report

Friday, August 23, 2013

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The Somali Human Rights Task Force released its report on the state of human rights in the country Wednesday (August 21st) after six months of investigation.

The report found that inadequate institutional capacity was behind many of the human rights violations committed in Somalia, a consequence of the decades-long civil war. The task force lauded the government's efforts to promote and protect human rights.

Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon welcomed the report in an address at its official release, with cabinet members, members of the parliamentary human rights committee and civil society representatives in attendance.

Shirdon said the federal government was committed to ending the culture of impunity in Somalia, and said rule of law would be upheld.

"I assure both the committee and the Somali public that my government will not tolerate any kind of human rights violations and abuses," he said, according to a statement from his office.

Minister of Interior and National Security Abdikarim Hussein Guled said the government has taken steps towards reform.

"We are committed to improve the state of human rights in Somalia," he said. "I assure you, we are on the right track by reforming our police force and justice system."


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