Unions targeted for abuse in Somalia
The Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) have borne the brunt.
Since 2011, members and leaders of the FESTU and the NUSOJ have been threatened and intimidated by both anonymous persons and by state officials.
NUSOJ’s Secretary-General, Omar Faruk Osman, has been particularly targeted.
In December, Osman survived an assassination attempt in Mogadishu.
The police reportedly opened an investigation, but it has been inconclusive.
In February he was accused of cooperating with international organisations and trying to harm the reputation of the Somali government.
During the time of the investigation, Osman will be prevented from traveling, his passport will be confiscated, he will be summoned if he happens to be out of the country and, should he fail to return following the summons, Interpol will be involved in his arrest warrant.
A group of United Nations human rights experts has thus urged the Government of Omar al-Bashir to halt the continuous acts of intimidation and reprisals against members and the unions.
– CAJ News
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