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Published On: Thu, Feb 25th, 2021

Somaliland: Judicial intimidation of lawyers is undermining the rule of law

Araweelo News Network.

#Somaliland@Horizon Institute Statement on Judicial Intimidation of Lawyers in Somaliland.

 

The #Horizon@Institute has warned of intimidation and harassment of lawyers in Somaliland and warned that these issues could affect the rule of law.

 

The freedom of lawyers to speak up about matters of public interest. A statement from Horizon Institute, which reached Araweelo News Network.

 

Read the Statement.

Today, #Horizon Institute has called on the High Judicial Council in Somaliland, the body with the responsibility to discipline.

 

The judiciary, to immediately suspend Judge Abdi Qawdhan Abdi, Chairman of the Regional Court of Maroodi-Jeeh in Hargeisa, pending an investigation into his professional conduct.

 

In a statement released today, “Judicial Intimidation of Lawyers in Somaliland: Undermining the Rule of Law.

The Horizon “, also asked the Council to lift sanctions imposed on two lawyers by Judge Abdi Qawdhan Abdi.

 

As well the suspension of the license of Hamse Mohamoud Hassan and an arrest warrant issued for Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamoud (Burhaani), the Director of Talosan Law Firm and Legal Services.

 

  “The Regional Court” 

The two orders by the Regional Court of Maroodi-Jeeh, and the manner in which these decision were reached, raise serious and troubling questions about the state of the judiciary.

 

The verdicts seek to curtail the freedom of lawyers to speak up about matters of public interest, to represent their client.

 

In a Court of law and to express their opinions, rights which are all comprehensively protected by the ” Constitution” and the laws of Somaliland. 

 

If the leadership of the judiciary wants the public, as well as the legal profession, to believe that justice exists in Somaliland, and the Constitution and the laws are respected.

 

Then it must show them this reality through its own actions, decisions and verdicts.

 

“The Constitutional and Legal Rights of Lawyers”

These two orders, by disregarding the constitutional and legal rights of lawyers and of the public, achieve the exact opposite goal.

The impact is to sow fear, discourage people from using the courts to settle disputes peacefully.

 

And to conclude that the Chairman of the Regional Court of Maroodi-Jeeh does not, in fact, believe in the rule of law.

 

The High Judicial Council needs to take clear, decisive and prompt action in order to send a strong message to the public that judges cannot be allowed to disregard the Constitution and the laws of Somaliland.

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To read the full statement click here.

 

Horizon Institute is working to advance the rule of law and human rights. Our reports and discussion papers explore issues identified through our work.

 

They provide information and analysis intended to stimulate debate among the public, government institutions, the media, human rights groups, NGOs, independent bodies and donors and promote government policies based on respect for human rights, the rule of law and the encouragement of self- reliance. 

To learn more, visit us at www.thehorizoninstitute.org and follow us on Twitter at @Horizon_SL and on Facebook at @HorizonInstituteSomaliland. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

- #Arraale Mohamoud Jaama, a Freelance Journalist and Human Rights Activist and over 20 year experience as a Career Journalism and human rights activist, as well as a writer and investigation journalism on a wide range of topics related to social issues, human rights, politics, security, economics, democracy, good governance, and events in the region and around the world and Worked for the Somaliland Newspapers, in 2008 established website #Araweelo #News #Network, which based in Somaliland he is a currently runs, #Arraale is a Specializes in the investigation and reporting on issues to human rights, democracy, and good governance. Contact: Info@araweelonews.com jaamac132@gmail.com Send an SMS or MMS to + 252 63 442 5380 whatsapp.com/ + 252 63 442 5380 /https://twitter.com/Araweelonews/https://www.facebook.com/Araweelonews/

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