UN General Assembly Vice-President: Somalia
Mission of the General Assembly:
|Media organisations in Somalia strongly condemned the murder of television journalist Said Yusuf Ali, which comes against a backdrop of rising threats by the Somali government.|
Source: BBC News, May 20, 2020. Photo: Said Yusuf Ali.
"13. The General Assembly shall initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of:
a. promoting international co-operation in the political field and encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification; Term of office: 2020-2021 Somalia's Record on "the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion":
b. promoting international co-operation in the economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields, and assisting in the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion." ("UN Charter")
"Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killing, including extrajudicial killings, of civilians by federal government forces, clan militias, alShabaab, and unknown assailants; forced disappearances by al-Shabaab; torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by federal government forces, clan militias, al-Shabaab, and unknown assailants; arbitrary and politically motivated arrest and detentions, including of journalists by federal government forces and regional government forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; the worst forms of restrictions on free expression, the press, and internet, including violence, threats of violence, and unjustified arrests and prosecutions of journalists, censorship, site blocking, and the existence of criminal libel laws; numerous acts of corruption; restrictions on political participation; unlawful recruitment or use of child soldiers by federal government forces,..."
(U.S. State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2019, Somalia)