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Sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, not traditional Xeer systems, says UN expert

Mogadishu/Geneva, 25 April 2016 – The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Nyanduga, has called on the Government to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders. He also urged the Government to implement the recommendations arising from Somalia’s 2016 Universal Periodic Review before the Human Rights Council, including the adoption of a moratorium on the death penalty.

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SRSG Keating's briefing on Somalia at the Security Council

AS DELIVERED 19 April 2016

Mr. President,

It is an honour to be here with H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Allow me to acknowledge the unfailing cooperation and friendship that he has extended to me, and to recognise his leadership role at this pivotal moment in Somalia’s history.

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Int'l community welcomes agreement on details of 2016 electoral process
Mogadishu, 12 April 2016 - The United Nations, the African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), the United States, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Italy and Sweden commend the country’s federal and regional leaders for agreeing today the detailed modalities of the 2016 electoral process at this week’s National Leadership Forum held in Mogadishu.
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SRSG Keating condemns suicide car bombing of local government headquarters in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 12 April 2016 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating condemned in the strongest possible terms yesterday's suicide car bombing of the Banadir Regional Administration headquarters in Mogadishu.  Seven people were killed, including five civilians, and another 11 civilians were injured. A spokesman for al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports.

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 At A Glance

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The Security Council, decides to establish the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) by 3 June 2013, under the leadership of a Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), for an initial period of twelve months with the intention to renew for further periods as appropriate, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Secretary-General.
[S/RES/2102 (2013)]
Who is most responsible for making peace and reconciliation in Somalia?

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Mogadishu, 18 January 2016 - New SRSG Michael Keating arrives in Somalia