Mogadishu, 17 March 2018 – The human Rights Journalists (HRJ) expresses deep concern over the continuing parliamentary dispute in Mogadishu and calls on all parties to refrain from violence of any kind and to resolve whatever disagreements they may have through peaceful political dialogue and legal procedures as provided for in the Provisional Federal Charter, upon which the credibility of Parliament is based.
“It is unfortunate that this disagreement has come at a moment when the entire region, and indeed the international community as a whole, is scaling up attention and support for Somalia to advance the recent gains on the security and political tracks.” Said Said the chairman of Human Rights Journalists, Ismail Sheikh Khalifa. He added that this is one of the rare windows of opportunity in the two decades of conflict in Somalia, which should not be squandered or missed again.
“The conflicting speeches from the speaker of the parliament and his deputy over the last few days, is most regrettable.” Said HRJ chairman. He added that appropriate actions must be taken to defuse the tension so that the parliament resumes its operations.
The Human Rights Journalists urged parliamentarians to seek a peaceful resolution to the controversy among them bearing in mind that they represent millions of Somalis who rely on them as their saviors.
HRJ also calls on the Somali Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers (if not MPs) not to intervene in the date to date activities of the parliament and to let MPs solve their differences.
HRJ finally salutes the Somali media fraternity for their steadfast stance to report the situation without exaggeration or favour and exhorts them to remain committed to the highest forms of journalism.