Somalia: President Hassan reiterates again, his commitment to the cause of Human Rights [Press Release ]

(Doha, Qatar, March, 27, 2013) H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, welcomed the Human Rights Watch report: Hostages of the Gatekeepers – Abuses against Internally Displaced in Mogadishu, Somalia.

“I and The Federal Government of Somalia welcome the Human Rights Watch for their detailed and comprehensive report into the situation faced by IDP’s in Mogadishu in 2011/12. The personal testimonies are heartbreaking and deplorable and totally unacceptable to the values of the Somali people.

“I have stated publicly and reiterate again now, my personal commitment to the restoration of civil security in Somalia and to holding to account any who are found abusing human rights.

“The challenges that face us, however, in rebuilding our nation are immense, and our need for constructive partnerships cannot be overstated. Security, both civil and military remains our highest priority. Reform of our security institutions is underway; leadership is being renewed, training is being designed and implemented, and discipline and professionalism issues are being addressed. We are committed to rebuilding security forces in which the publics have trust and confidence.

“The decision to establish the Independent Task Force on Human Rights, which was launched on 5 February, was taken to address concerns about the human rights abuses and to investigate violence against women. We fully comprehend the collective responsibility to prevent human rights abuses.

“We call upon all our supporters and allies to help us develop the capacity we need to tackle this terrible problem.”


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