Somalia: UN Independent Expert, Dr. Shamsul Bari, issues a strong warning on human rights situation
The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Dr. Shamsul Bari, issued a strong warning on the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the country, including Somaliland and Puntland. Dr. Bari described as “extremely serious” the situation in South and Central Somalia, where civilians continue to bear the brunt of the fighting between forces of the Transitional Federal Government forces (TFG) and Islamist armed groups.
At the end of his fourth monitoring mission to the Horn of Africa, the UN expert shared reports about grave violations of women and children’s rights, including the recruitment and use of children by several parties to the conflict. He added that “corporal punishment in the name of Sharia Law by such groups, including floggings and amputations following summary if any proceedings, arbitrary detention, death threats and intimidation are reportedly taking place.”