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06 May 2013 description

Mogadishu, 5 May 2013 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga strongly condemns today’s suicide car bomb attack at Kilometer 4 junction in Mogadishu, in which several people were killed or wounded. The attack apparently targeted a convoy carrying an international delegation.

04 Apr 2013 description

By Hodan Osman, Liaison Officer for UNMAS

03 Apr 2013 description

The following interviews are excerpts from the Open for Business video series, filmed in Mogadishu.

Ahmed Jama Mohamed – Village Restaurant Owner & Businessman

03 Apr 2013 description

Mogadishu, 03 April 2013 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, arrived in Mogadishu to raise awareness and discuss ways of addressing sexual violence in Somalia.

SRSG Bangura met with UN officials, civil society partners and a range of stakeholders to listen and learn about the challenges faced in tackling sexual violence. SRSG Bangura’s first trip to Somalia is intended to focus on information gathering to help inform future conversations with the government.

26 Mar 2013 description

Mogadishu, 25 March 2013 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga is shocked and saddened by the killing of Rahma Abdulkadir, a media worker with Abduwaq radio.

Unknown attackers reportedly armed with pistols shot and killed Ms. Abdulkadir in Yaqshid district, Mogadishu last night.

“I condemn this hideous attack in the strongest terms and send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rahma Abdulkadir” SRSG Mahiga said.

18 Mar 2013 description

Mogadishu, 18 March 2013 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, is shocked and saddened by today’s car bombing which occurred near Villa Somalia in the vicinity of the National Theatre in Mogadishu.

Initial reports indicate that at least seven people were killed and many more wounded by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. There are also reports that a senior Somali security official may have been targeted in the attack.

08 Mar 2013 description

Mogadishu, 8 March, 2013 - International Women's Day (IWD), also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, is a global day held on 8 March every year to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout history and across nations.

19 Feb 2013 description

Mogadishu, 18 February 2013 - The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) condemns the terror attacks that have occurred in Somalia during the first half of February 2013, including the killing of leading Somali Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abdiqadir "Ga'amey" Nur Farah, in Garowe.

01 Feb 2013 description

Mogadishu, 01 February 2013 – The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) notes that charges have been filed against five individuals in the case opened by the Somali National Police investigating the publication in the media of an allegedly fabricated report on sexual violence in Mogadishu. A journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was charged under Article 269 of the Somali penal code for offending the honour of a state institution and for filing a false report.

31 Dec 2012 description

from Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia Augustine P. Mahiga

08 Dec 2012 description

Mogadishu, 8 December 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga welcomes the statement issued by the Joint Committee of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on the Grand Stabilization Plan for South Central Somalia and recognizes the importance of the initiative under the auspices of the IGAD Facilitator for Somalia Peace and Reconciliation.

06 Dec 2012 description

By Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Peter de Clercq

03 Dec 2012 description

Open letter to Somali Parliamentarians

Special Representative to the Secretary-General Augustine P. Mahiga SRSG Augustine P Mahiga issued this letter to Somali Parliamentarians several days prior to the Somali presidential elections.

23 Nov 2012 description

The ending of impunity in Somalia particularly that related to the killing of journalist is a human rights priority, the UN special representative for Somalia Augustine Mahiga has told Bar-kulan as the world marks the international day to end impunity.

In response to emailed questions by Bar-kulan regarding the role of UNPOS in ending impunity in Somalia, Mahiga emphasized the need for law enforcement to investigate each killing, apprehend suspects and follow due process to ensure that culprits are brought to justice.

23 Nov 2012 description

Nairobi, 23 November 2012 – Today we condemn the targeted assassination of journalists in Somalia. We remember those journalists who lost their lives while exercising their right to freedom of expression and whose cases remain unsolved and unpunished.

This year alone, 18 media workers have been killed in Somalia, a statistic which starkly illustrates the dangers faced by Somali journalists as they struggle to tell their stories.

13 Nov 2012 description

Mogadishu, 13 November 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, has welcomed the overwhelming endorsement by the Somali Federal Parliament of the Council of Ministers announced by Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon on 4 November.

09 Nov 2012 description

Mogadishu, 09 November 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, warmly welcomes the anticipated presentation of the proposed Somali Cabinet to Parliament tomorrow, 10 November, in Mogadishu.

The SRSG notes that the proposed slate represents the leanest Cabinet in Somalia’s history and is particularly pleased that Prime Minister Shirdon’s list of potential Ministers includes 20% women, including a candidate for the high profile post of Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs.

24 Oct 2012 description

by Peter de Clercq, DSRSG
22 October 2012

Over the past few weeks the people of Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo have witnessed the story of profound transformation, following the capture of the local seaport, airport and other key installations by the Somali National Army with support from AMISOM troops.

A former stronghold of the extremist insurgents, Kismayo has for years been robbed of its potential wealth to fund Al-Shabaab, but the new reality means that people in the city have a chance to start re-building Kismayo into a prosperous place once again.

24 Oct 2012 description

Mogadishu, 24 October 2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga deplores the recent targeted attacks against Somali journalists.

24 Oct 2012 description

In 1979, newly recruited policewoman, Asha Hassan Hussein, was the first female to ride a police motorcycle to patrol the streets of Mogadishu.

Three decades later in a nation devastated by conflict, now - Captain Asha specialises in tackling violence against women as head of the Somali Police Force’s (SPF) Gender Based Violence Department. Captain Asha is passionate about promoting equal opportunities. “Women should get the same opportunities in training and career development as our men colleagues,” she said.