The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa has learned with satisfaction the release of Mr Ibrahim Abdias Abdinur, a journalist and human rights defender in Somalia who was arrested and detained by the Somali police on 10 January 2013.
The Special Rapporteur commends the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia for this gesture which bears testimony to its willingness to provide justice to Mr Abdinur and expresses her gratitude to the Government for its efforts towards establishing the rule of law in accordance with the regional and international human rights instruments ratified by Somalia.
The Special Rapporteur would like to seize this opportunity to call on the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia to continue its efforts towards ensuring the rights of all human rights defenders in Somalia.
Banjul, 20 March 2013
Mrs Reine Alapini Gansou
Special Rapporteur on Human
Rights Defenders in Africa