National report submitted in accordance with paragraph 15 (a) of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1: Somalia (A/HRC/WG.6/11/SOM/1)

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Human Rights Council

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review

Eleventh session

Geneva, 2–13 May 2011

I. Methodology and preparation of the report

1. The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of the Republic of Somalia has prepared the present Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report in line with the General Assembly resolution 60/251, adopted on 15 March 2006, and in accordance with the general guidelines for the preparation of information provided under the Universal Periodic Review (Human Rights Council decision 6/102 of 27 September 2007).

2. Following the UPR workshop held in Djibouti from 15–17 February 2011, organised by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), in collaboration with the Republic of Djibouti and Italy, the TFG established a UPR Task Force consisting of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministries of Interior; Justice; Women and Family Affairs; Religious Affairs;
Health; Education; Social Affairs and Labour, Sports, Youth and Culture; and defence, under the direction of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Planning and International Cooperation, Prof. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. From the Task Force a technical team tasked with drafting the report was drawn.

3. The drafting team was greatly assisted in this task by Dr. Omar Abdulle Alasow, an independent expert on Somalia and international human rights consultant, funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) given the limited reporting capacity and experience in the TFG.

4. The UPR Task Force held consultations in Mogadishu with civil society organisations working in the area of human rights on 6 March, 2010. Much as the TFG wanted to, it was not possible to extend the consultations and include in the drafting of the report other stakeholders, including the regional administrations of Somaliland and Puntland, because of time and logistic constraints and, in the case of Somaliland reluctance to participate in this exercise.

5. The Government of Somalia would like to express its utmost gratitude to the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Dr. Shamsul Bari for his fairness and tireless efforts to enhance the protection and promotion of human rights in Somalia.

6. The TFG welcomes the outcome of the mission conducted in Somalia by the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Prof. Walter Kälin. The TFG also welcomes the visit in Somalia of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Madame Radhika Coomaraswamy.

7. This report would not have been possible without the extraordinary effort of the Ambassador of the Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mr. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail BariBari. The Government would like to deeply thank him for all hard work, exemplarily dedication and outstanding commitment to serving the country.