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HRC 39 - EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

Geneva, 26/09/2018 - 16:00, UNIQUE ID: 180926_29
Statements on behalf of the EU

39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 10 - 28 September 2018 EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

Mr President,

the EU thanks the independent expert for his work and report.

We welcome the progress in the human rights situation in Somalia, notably in relation to peace, reconciliation, institution-building and constitutional review processes and the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission. We also welcome the successful conclusion of the Somalia Security Conference and the second Somalia Partnership Forum.

We remain deeply concerned about persistent violations and abuses of human rights, in particular those affecting women and girls, including sexual and gender based violence, child early and forced marriages, female genital mutilations; recruitment and use of children in armed in conflict and their detention; vulnerability of IDPs and of persons with disabilities; continued application of the death penalty and civilian casualties; restrictions to freedom of expression and media freedom.

The EU calls on the Somali leadership to swiftly implement Somalia's human rights commitments in full, improve access to justice, ensure accountability for human rights violations and abuses and enhance protection of civilians.

We also encourage the Federal Government to adopt legislation against sexual offences, reinforce the protection of children against abduction, act on its commitments made at the Global Disability Summit, protect freedom of expression and bring the media law in line with international standards. The swift operationalization of the National Human Rights Commission would be an important step towards furthering this agenda.

Finally, the EU reaffirms its support to the continued commitment of the United Nations, IGAD, the African Union and East African countries to stabilize the situation in Somalia and to bring peace and security to the entire region.

Mr. Nyanduga, how could Somalia’s efforts to protect the enjoyment of human rights by IDPs and other victims of conflict and climate change be further supported?

Thank you.

 

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