UN human rights office condemns Sunday's attacks in Mogadishu

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The United Nations human rights office has condemned last Sunday's terrorist attacks in Somalia which killed more than 50 people, including lawyers and human rights defenders.

It says the attacks, for which the Al Shabaab insurgents have claimed responsibility, potentially damage recent efforts to strengthen the administration of justice in Somalia.

These efforts, it adds, include the organization earlier this month of a national conference on justice by the Government of Somalia.

Cécile Pouilly is Spokesperson for the UN human rights office.

"We condemn the attacks which took place on April 14 targeting an aid convoy close to the airport and the Banadir Regional Court in Mogadishu, killing over 50 civilians, including 35 persons who were attending the court. Three lawyers, including two prominent human rights defenders, were killed in the attack. Mohamed Mohamud Afrah, Head of the Somali Lawyers Association and Abdikarin Hassan Gorod provided legal assistance to countless Somalis over the past five years." (30")

The assistance provided by the lawyers included legal advice to Abdiasis Abdinur Ibrahim, the Somali journalist recently arrested along with an alleged rape survivor.

The UN human rights office says it is imperative that this terrorist attack does not succeed in intimidating and dismantling the administration of justice in Somalia.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

Duration: 1'29"

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