Item 10: Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia

Statement delivered by H.E. Nathalie Olijslager, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement. We thank the Independent Expert for his comprehensive report.

We compliment Somalia’s continued constructive engagement with the international human rights system. However, reports of the numerous human rights violations and abuses in Somalia, as mentioned in the report by the Independent Expert, are worrisome. 

We are gravely concerned by the postponement of the Somali government to adopt national bills on the use of death penalties, on fundamental rights for journalists and on sexual offences and female genital mutilation.

As a partner in building Somalia’s capacity in the field of rule of law, we are also worried about reports of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions and intimidation and violence against journalists. Concerns over a lack of transparency and resistance to investigate a recent high profile murder and related missing persons cases further risks undermining trust in Somalia’s rule of law.

We therefore urge the government of Somalia to adopt and enforce adequate legislation in line with human rights standards.

Commissioners – how can the international community support Somalia in the effective operationalization of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Judicial Service Commission?