Report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia (A/HRC/33/64) (Advance Edited Version)

from UN Human Rights Council
Published on 15 Sep 2016 View Original

Human Rights Council
Thirty-third session
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

Note by the Secretariat

In the present report, the Independent Expert highlights the progress made in political, security, national and State-building processes as Somalia prepares for the 2016 elections, and identifies the challenges encountered by the Federal Government. He identifies security and economic development as key elements of democratic processes and the protection of human rights. He also notes, however, that the respect for the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and minorities is a major challenge. In this regard, he underscores the importance of traditional justice and the need for reform in accordance with international human rights standards. Lastly, he emphasizes the need for ongoing support from the international community to safeguard the rights of women and children, media freedoms and the right to freedom of expression and opinion, and respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the context of armed conflict.