UN rights expert calls for strengthening of justice system in Somalia

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Shamsul Bari, Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Somalia

The government of Somalia has been urged to continue its efforts to strengthen the administration of justice, despite the deadly attack at the Banadir Regional Court on Sunday.

The call has come from the UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia Shamsul Bari who strongly condemned the attack which killed over 50 civilians including people who were attending the court.

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga, agrees, pointing also to the challenge of security in the Horn of Africa country.

"Security has to be strengthened adequately without obstructing access to the civilians because essential the courts are civilian institutions where people come to seek justice or to pursue justice. And this has to take the combination of free access as well as high alert precautions to strengthen security. This incident should be a lesson learned to review measures and this is going on now." (29")

Dr. Mahiga says the security forces and their allies in Somalia are working very hard to make sure that security is tightened in the courts.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1'15"

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