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UN Committee against Torture says Somalia is violator

Geneva November 26, 2022 (SD) – The United Nations Committee for the Prevention of Torture released the results of an investigation into gender-based violence in countries including Somalia.

The commission said in its report that the Intelligence and Security Agency, the Somali National Army, and non-government organizations are committing torture in Somalia.

“The Committee regretted reports about torture and ill-treatment, including gender-based violence, committed by the National Intelligence and Security Agency, Somali National Army, and other state and non-state actors.” said the UN committee report.

The United Nations Committee also mentioned in their report that public prosecutions in Somalia present serious issues that are against the protection of human rights.

It also noted that the public executions practiced in Somalia raise serious issues under the Convention against torture.” said the UN committee report.

The United Nations Commission has requested that the government of Somalia quickly establish a national human rights body to ensure and investigate all torture committed in the country.

“It asked Somalia to establish a definition of torture that confirms fully with the Convention, to expeditiously establish a national human rights institution and ensure that all alleged torture and ill-treatment are promptly and impartially investigated,” said the report.

After the collapse of the Somali government, human rights abuses against civilians in general but women and girls, in particular, have been increasing in the country.

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