Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A letter to the President of Somalia From Waris Dirie

A letter to the President of Somalia

February 18, 2013

Dear Mr. President,

As a Somali woman, an international women’s rights activist, and an African Union Ambassador for Peace and Security, I write to convey my deepest concerns for the recent conviction of a journalist and a woman alleging rape at the hands of government soldiers.

I am shocked by this outrageous conviction and I urge you to remedy the situation as soon as possible, by exonerating the woman and the journalist, and ordering their immediate release from prison.
As I am sure you know well, on February 5, 2013, a Benadir regional court convicted journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim and an alleged rape victim of multiple crimes under both the penal code and Sharia law. They have both been sentenced to one year in prison and Abdiaziz Abdinur remains in Mogadishu Central Prison.


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