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'The Washington DC Area Somaliland Community Is Dismayed At The Reckless And Illegal Actions Taken By Rayale Administration'

Issue 288
Front Page

Qaran party leaders arrested

Qaran Party Press Release

Chinese gamble on finding oil in hostile Somalia

''Somalia's Compromised National Reconciliation Conference''

Breakaway Somali republic arrests 3 politicians

US, Ethiopia Accused Over Somalia

Inflation Sparks Protest In Puntland Capital

Islamic Leader Rejects Invitation To Join Somali Peace Conference

Growing Uneasiness About The Current Pace Of Somaliland Democratic Process

Italy pledges 400,000 US dollars toward peace effort


Regional Affairs

Gud-Gude: New Political organization announced in Hargeysa

Regional Leaders are the Expected Guests on ‘Somali Forum’

Special Report

International News

Hillary Clinton's Whiny War With The Pentagon

Seeking refuge: Displaced Utah families struggle to find housing

Boy shot dead after bike chase is 10th young London victim in six months


Ethiopia Expels ICRC From Ogaden With Intent To Cover Up Human Rights Violations In The Region

Bridging A Continent: North Africa And
The Horn

China Invests In Somalia Despite Instability

Freedom House Report

Mired in Mogadishu

Food for thought


World’s Cleanest Airport Toilet!

Can We Mend the Life of One Somali Family?

Death Knell Rings for the TFG

Somaliland Government Should Respect Freedom Of Speech

Response To Bashir Goth’s Tenuous Article; “Men Die For Other Men, Not For God.”

Ethiopian Somali Advocacy Council

'The Washington DC Area Somaliland Community Is Dismayed At The Reckless And Illegal Actions Taken By Rayale Administration'


Press Release

July 28, 2007

The Washington DC area Somaliland community is dismayed at the reckless and illegal actions taken by Rayale Administration for arresting the entire leadership of the Qaran Political Party in Somaliland. This act is a blatant and intolerable abuse of power.

The leadership of Qaran Party has done nothing more than declare their intent to participate in the political process of the country. Article 23 (3) of the Somaliland Constitution clearly states: "All citizens shall have the right to form, in accordance with the law, political, educational, cultural, social, occupational or employees' associations".

The Rayale Administration has been engaged in a deliberate campaign to suppress individual rights of the citizens and political dissent; the media is harassed and jailed repeatedly for exercising their right to inform the public, traditional leaders have been arrested without due process, and students have been arrested for holding demonstrations to express their voice. In addition, this Administration created illegal entity called "Security Committee", which has the power to arrest anyone without Court order and that allows it to circumvent the legal system.

We demand that Rayale's Administration release these men unconditionally and immediately. We warn the government about the risk of unrest and potential violence that might arise from this action. We place the responsibility of any consequence squarely on the shoulders of the government. Lastly, we call on the people to strongly denounce the actions of the government and defend their rights.

Xaashi Ismail Aden


Washington DC Somaliland Community

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