US Report Highlights Human rights abuses in Somalia and Somaliland

Washington (SD) – An annual report, released by the US State Department on Human Rights in Somalia, has made serious allegations against the federal government, Somaliland and al-Shabaab.

The report said Somali government forces, al-Shabaab and clan militias committed major human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings against civilians.

The report also addresses Somaliland’s suppression of freedom of speech “According to the Somaliland Journalists Association, local authorities continued to harass and arbitrarily detain journalists systematically. Somaliland government arrested a journalist, an opposition youth leader, a civil servant, and a member of parliament for criticizing the government, either in online media or in public settings.” Said the report.

The report seems to equally point out Human Rights violations in Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland and Al Shabab, which is a new low for Somaliland.

The US State department’s Somalia report highlighted other issues such as political stagnation in both Somalia and Somaliland.

The report also accuses these governments of several acts of corruption, restricting and preventing people from participating in the political process.

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