EHAHRDP Meets Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim

Staff of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project were pleased to meet yesterday with freed Somali journalist, Mr Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim. Abdiaziz had been convicted on 5th February 2013 of offending the honour of a state institution and filing a false report, after preparing a report on the rape of a 27-year-old woman in Mogadishu (who herself was also convicted but later released on appeal on 3rd March). Abdiaziz was released on appeal on 17th March 2013 and all charges against him dropped.

For more details on the case, please see EHAHRDP’s February press release: https://defenddefenders.org/2013/02/somalia-release-journalist-who-spoke-out-about-rape/

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