PRESS RELEASE ON November, 26th 2020
NAGAAD Network is horrified and shocked by recent rapes and murderers against girls in Somaliland. This year 2020, local communities reported four rape and murder cases in Awdal, Tog-dheer, and Sanaag regions. The last instance happened this month in the Saraar area, where older men raped two young sisters and murdered one of them. These rapes, widely reported on social media, are mortifying to decent people everywhere. We sincerely hope that these inhumane acts, and the thousands of others that go unnoticed every year in Somaliland, are the catalyst for change.
We urge the Somaliland President and the Law-enforcement bodies to functionalize the Sexual Offences Law (Law # 78, 2018). politicians, religious, customary, male, female, and youth leaders to notice and mobilize your parliamentary representatives to bring the Sexual Offences Bill into law. The Sexual Offences Bill remains stagnated in parliament since September 2019. We believe that the implementation of Sexual Offences Law will be fair to criminalize the offenders, as the laws provide the procedural provisions to manage such horrific cases and define the harsh punishments of such crimes of rape and sexual offenses proven beyond doubt.
As the leadership of NAGAAD Network, we are sharing our deep-felt condolence to the families of the victims. We know that rapists and sexual offenders attack women and children of both girls and boys; we believe it is fundamental that victims and survivors receive the right justice and judgments of their offended rights from the law enforcement bodies.
We encourage everyone to show solidarity and support survivors of rape and sexual violence by coming together to implement the Sexual Offences Law.
Asmahaan Abdisalam Hassan
Chairperson, NAGAAD Network.