Somalia observes International Human Rights Day

Published: December 11, 2015

Somalia observes International Human Rights DaySomalia yesterday joined the rest of the world to mark the International Human Rights Day which falls on December 10 every year.
This date marks the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, adopted and proclaimed on that day by the General Assembly of the United Nations, at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France.
‘’Somalia has made a huge progress in the situation of human rights but there are still things need to get fixed,’’ said President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud in a Press statement issued on the occasion.
For more than two decades, Somalia has been ravaged by human rights abuses, war crimes and the lack of a developed justice system to deal with these issues.
Human rights violations include indiscriminate attacks against civilians, displacement of persons, restrictions on humanitarian aid, rape, recruitment and use of child soldiers, unlawful killings and torture by armed groups and armed piracy off the Somali coast. Various treaties including the Geneva Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights forbid the indiscriminate use of force against civilians.
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