I write to you out of my deep concern for the arbitrary arrest of two Opposition leaders in Hargeisa, Somaliland . On 11th April 2017 Police Forces detained Mohamed Sadiiq Dhame, Chairman of the Youth Wing of WADDANI Opposition Party and Yonis Ahmed Yonis, Chairman of the Sports Division of WADDANI Party. As opposition party officials, they voiced their concern for the illegal demolition of old buildings and fences inhabited by poor residents. The demolished buildings were located within the neighborhood of a 5 Star Hotel owned by Somaliland’s’ First lady, Madame Amina Weris . The buildings were demolished simply because their outward appearance seemed to be not in harmony with the stylish architecture of the modern 5 Star Hotel . The President’s Office issued an Executive Order to forcibly destroy those old buildings without compensation to the poor owners . That illegal demolition triggered mass demonstrations , civil commotion and riots. The 2 political Prisoners of Conscience, Mohamed Sadiiq and Yonis Ahmed Yonis visited the scene of demolition and expressed their concern on behalf of the affected poor residents. They were immediately arrested without warrant, tortured and denied access to legal counsel and relatives. They are currently on hunger strike and their health condition is deteriorating due to inherent medical complications. In addition to that, the Police General, Mohamed Fadal rejected a Bail Release Order issued by Regional Court Judge on 20th April,2017. ( copy of the Judge Order is attached.) We believe them to be prisoners of conscience because they were detained solely for exercising their political right to freedom of expression and speech. We call Amnesty International to intervene and seek the immediate release of those Prisoners of Conscience . We feel grave concerns about their health conditions and lack of access to adequate medical care .
We acknowledge Somaliland, as an unrecognized country , is not a signatory of 1993 Vienna Human Rights Convention which obligates all nations to promote and protect fundamental freedoms . However, the principle of universality , emphasized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, has been reiterated in numerous international human rights conventions, declarations, and resolutions. Therefore, we call Somaliland President, Hon Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Siilaanyo to abide and respect those Human Rights Resolutions and Declarations.
ALI IBRAHIM JAMA , TORONTO.
MEMBER OF OPPOSITION WADDANI PARTY.