Contribution to OHCHR Activities in Somalia 2012
Somalia has suffered a human rights crisis for the last 20 years, further exacerbated by the famine resulting from the drought. In this context of generalized crisis, civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights are violated on a large scale. The protection of civilians in the armed conflict and the absence of rule of law are key human rights concerns. An entire generation has grown up without access to education and the country as a whole suffers from a lack of knowledge about human rights. Women and children’s rights are routinely violated.
Somalia, with the support of OHCHR and the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), engaged actively in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. In September 2011, Somalia accepted, fully or in part, all 155 UPR recommendations formulated by Member States. The UPR recommendations provide a comprehensive roadmap for improving the human rights situation in Somalia..
The OHCHR’s thematic priorities for Somalia in 2012 and 2013 are:
¿ Protecting human rights in situations of violence and insecurity, with a focus on the protection of civilians and the most vulnerable, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), children, women and journalists.
¿ Combating impunity and strengthening accountability, the rule of law, and democratic societies, with an emphasis on institution and capacity building.
¿ Countering discrimination, with a special focus on discrimination against IDPs, women and ethnic minorities.