A journalists organization promoting human rights was launched in Somalia today Sunday 31 December 2017.
The launching ceremony was held at Afrik Hotel in Mogadishu and was attended by members from civil society organizations, parliamentarians, media organizations and dozens of Somali journalists.
The Human Rights Journalists (HRJ) was established by human rights-minded journalists in Somalia who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context and glaring human rights violations in Somalia.
The organization will work towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists to accurately and effectively report on human rights in Somalia. It will train journalists on various thematic issues to enhance their competence and capacities on human rights and good governance.
The Human Rights Journalists (HRJ) will investigate, document, monitor and advocate for human rights in Somalia. The organization will offer legal support to journalists who are in need of these services because of their work.
“Human rights monitoring that we conduct will be based on Accuracy, Confidentiality, Impartiality, Gender-sensitivity.” Said the organization’s chairman Ismail Sheikh Khalifa.
“We are determined to increase reporting on human rights violations and educating the public on their fundamental rights. The Human Rights Journalists (HRJ) will also set up a project; zero tolerance in human rights violations in Somalia”. Mr. Khalifa added.
Speaking at the occasion, the organization’s secretary general Abdulkadir M. Farah Dulyar said that the organization’s major role is to sensitize programs of the citizens done by journalists to involve in different activities to fight against gender based violence, indicating human rights violations and achievements in respect of human rights in the country.
According to Mr Dulyar, the organization will also help journalists in capacity building and professional skills in reporting about human rights violations and proper access to information in related fields.
Recommending on the initiative, The Chairperson of Somali Justice Watch Association (JUWA) Saida Mohamed Hashi guest of honor at the event, noted that her organization welcomes establishment of The Human Rights Journalists (HRJ) and will coordinate with the organization for the public interest.
“This will be a good and proper channel for the civil society to coordinate and educate the people through media,” said Mrs Saida.
The Human Rights Journalists (HRJ) is the first human rights organization in Somalia that was founded by journalists.