Maat Delivered an Intervention Before the Human Rights Council:
Corruption Is Rife Within the Somalia’s Judiciary
Hagar Abdelmonsef stated “The Government of Somalia has failed to reform the Judiciary and citizens resort to customary courts
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights delivered an oral intervention on the judiciary in Somalia before the Human Rights Council today in the framework of the Council’s 41st session held in Geneva to12 July 2019.
Maat praised the report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and then proceeded to the situation of the judiciary in Somalia, focusing on corruption within the judiciary, the ineffectiveness of civil courts on the ground and the overlap between the judiciary and the other powers. The foundation pointed out that the court system is weak and limited and does not meet the needs of citizens in many areas.
Hagar Abdelmonsef, Manager of the African Affairs and Sustainable Development Unit at Maat, said that there is a lack of confidence in the government judiciary, which has led to the resort of citizens to customary courts, especially in the areas controlled by the terrorist movement al-Shabaab, as well as the government’s failure so far to implement the London Conference Declaration which, in some of its outputs, calls for reforms in the justice sector.
In conclusion, the Foundation called upon, in its intervention, the Special Rapporteur and the Human Rights Council to assist the Government of Somalia to work towards the independence of the judiciary, noting the need for the judicial authority for many reforms such as the training of personnel and the provision of the necessary funding for restoring the infrastructure of the judicial facilities such as court buildings which have been destroyed by war and internal conflicts.
It is worth mentioning that Maat participates in the 41st session of the Council with an international mission consisting of 26 members from 8 European and African countries: Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Latvia, Romania, Somalia and Kenya. Maat also holds a number of seminars and meetings on the sidelines of the session.
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