UN expert urges Somalia's government to finalise and implement human rights roadmapListen /
The Somali Federal Government has been urged to finalise and implement a human rights roadmap endorsed by the cabinet in August.
The call comes from the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari days after the Somali Parliament confirmed Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was nominated by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, as the new prime minister.
Mr. Bari said "The Human Rights Roadmap defines the Government's responsibilities and sets goals to be achieved in a short period of time," adding, "Finalising it would demonstrate a sincere commitment by Government to rebuild the foundation and structures of human rights in Somalia."
The UN Independent Expert called on "the new head of government and the international community to seize the opportunity to build a new Somalia where, among other things, the rule of law and the respect of human rights for all Somalis would be the norm".
The roadmap, an initiative proposed by Mr. Bari to the Somali authorities, is based on key human rights themes, each containing its own action plan to be implemented by ministries, and sets out a post-transition strategy running until 2015.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.