HARGEISA (SD) – Somaliland’s Independent Human Rights Center has released a statement on the situation of journalists illegally detained in Hargeisa since April 13,2022.
The center said it, the families and Lawyers had been prevented from meeting with detained journalists, despite repeated requests.
“Article 27 (1) of the Somaliland Constitution provides that a person deprived of his liberty shall have the right to meet with his lawyer, relatives or any other person as soon as possible.” said the Center said in an statement.
The center finally had the opportunity to meet with detained journalists yesterday and raised the alarm on Mohamed Ilig’s health condition.
“Journalist Mohamed Ilig, told the center, that he was detained in a confined space, suffocated he became unconscious. He also reported that he had been taken to a doctor only once.” the center reported.
Adding ” However, given his condition he should not remain in custody, and he reported to the center that he was on medication and needed a doctor to monitor his condition.”
The Center said it is deeply concerned about the human rights violations of citizens.
“The Center is deeply concerned about the human rights situation in the country and the lack of respect for the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland.” the center said in an statement.
Finally, It calls on the Somaliland government to immediately release the three detained journalists and to respect the country’s constitution and international human rights law.
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