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Somalia: Human Rights

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress towards the establishment of independent human rights institutions in Somalia; and if he will make a statement. (226077)

The human rights situation in Somalia remains of serious concern. On-going violence and insecurity make it very difficult to gather and verify information, including on human rights. International human rights organisations are unable to operate in much of Somalia due to the security situation. We have no information that any new independent human rights institutions have been established in Somalia.