Side Event of the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council

A side event on human rights in Somalia – co-organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project – taking place on Tuesday 28 September. This side event will provide a space for human rights defenders, witnesses and victims of human rights violations to present their testimonies.

Voices from Somalia

Tuesday 28 September

13:00 – 15:00

Room XXIV – Palais des Nations

This panel will address the situation in Somalia, told by human rights defenders and journalists working in Somalia. This side event, organized ahead of the Panel on Somalia, will shed light on the reality of the human rights situation on the ground, as witnessed by civil society.

Panelists:

  • Ms. Sahra Abdi Ahmed – Former journalist in Kismayu (Jubbada Hoose region, Somalia)
  • Mr. Abdullahi M. Shirwa – Somali Peace Line
  • Mr. Ahmed Kimiiko – Somali Human Rights Defenders Network (SOHRIDEN)
  • Mr. Gerry Simpson – Refugee Program, Human Rights Watch

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