Widespread protests in Burco, Somaliland after rape and murder of young mother of three

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Crow

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For some background on rape in Somaliland, it was outlawed two years ago despite fierce opposition from the upper house of clan elders.
However, the bill was recently amended by Somaliland's parliament to soften it and strip it of its punishments. Worse than that, the amended bill added some horrific provisions and journalists who reported on it were arrested. I made a thread about that last month.

Somaliland arrests journalist for reporting on controversial new rape law that legalizes forced child marriages and reduces penalties for rape
This was his last article and tweet:
I'm going to copy the whole article in case Radio Ergo is forced to delete it to secure his release.

Somaliland women challenge new law as being soft on rape
Somaliland women challenge new law as being soft on rape

(ERGO) – Women and lawyers in Somaliland are up in arms about a new law that they say diminishes the gravity of rape and also legalises the forced marriage of underage girls.
The Rape, Fornication and Other Related Offences Bill was passed by the Somaliland House of Representatives on 25 August 2020.

Hibaq Ibrahim Gamute, a law professor at Hargeisa University and a practising lawyer, told Radio Ergo that the law would make it harder to prosecute rape cases in court.

She said the definition of rape was now unclear, following a dilution of the bill based on the insertion of views of religious leaders, which focuses on the crimes of fornication and adultery.
“Religious leaders argued that rape should be placed within the context of fornication and adultery, so this law reduces rape to an act of fornication,” Hibaq stated.

The law also gives parents the power to marry off girls (minors) and mentally ill women if they feel it is in their best interest. The previous bill had prohibited forced marriages.

The punishment for rape has become part of Islamic Sharia law punishment for fornication and adultery, and could be as little as five to 10 years in prison. The death penalty applies for gang rape and cases where the victim contracts HIV. However, the victims’ families may accept compensation or 15 years imprisonment. The previous law had applied a jail term of 30 years for rape.


“This gives a lot of leeway to the judge to decide and that is counter to the interest of the victims,” Hiba commented.

Another contentious issue is the introduction of eye-witnesses as admissible evidence in rape cases. These witnesses would be men, as stated under Sharia law.

Nafisa Yusuf Mohamed, the executive director of women’s organisation Nagaad, said they were not consulted in amending the law despite having been involved the original drafting process.

“We have been involved in drafting the rape law since 2013 and we engaged many lawyers in the work. The two houses approved the first law and the president signed it. It was complete and robust in defending the rights of women and children,” she said, referring to the bill that was passed in 2018, which has now been amended.

“We as women don’t have any confidence in the new law and we stand by the one that was first approved by the president,” Nafisa added.

Nagaad has vowed to raise the matter with the president and parliament, informing them that the new law does not sufficiently protect the rights of women and children.

Mubarak Abdi, a lawyer who represents rape victims, agreed that the previous bill was clear cut about the crime of rape and the punishment, whereas the new law allows too much to rest on the judge’s decision.

“When you’re prosecuting a case, you know the punishment that befits the crime, but now only the judge knows how it will go. This leads to loss of confidence in the justice system,” he said.
 

Karim

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I wonder why rapists prefer to kill their victims?! Maybe they're afraid they'd talk and expose them in the future.
 

Crow

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The alarmingly high rate of rape in Somaliland has been noticed by locals with a Hargeisa-based news station recently releasing a documentary about it.
It's good to see that women in Burco are no longer accepting this tragic state of affairs and are demanding justice. May Allah grant their wishes and fix that disgusting recently amended rape bill.
 

Dawo

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Disgusting people , May Allah curse them and send them to the depths of hell-fire.
 

Yonis

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Disgusting people , May Allah curse them and send them to the depths of hell-fire.
I think its their daqaan.

They don't just rape - they kill them afterwards. Backwards culture.

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SultanYusuf

Suldaanka Beesha Biciidyahan
AUN. Its heartbreaking to hear these stories coming from Somalia every other day. We're supposed to be people of Islam.
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1 women died when thousands die in Somalia like dogs and nobody mentions it. When I see threads like this I wanna die. Farmajoo doesn't even give tacsi for 10, 000 killed in the Zoobe attack. The dude laughed and put his fist in the air making a victory gesture.

Any Somalilander who falls for this cheap propaganda is a joke. Rape happens ever where even in America. It was even happening in Puntland. At-least this guy is in a Somaliland prison. Puntland let go of the rapist who raped and killed that 12 year old girl.
 
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The alarmingly high rate of rape in Somaliland has been noticed by locals with a Hargeisa-based news station recently releasing a documentary about it.
It's good to see that women in Burco are no longer accepting this tragic state of affairs and are demanding justice. May Allah grant their wishes and fix that disgusting recently amended rape bill.
Even the orphanages?

:mindblown:
 

one

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Hmm, chastity belts sounds like great business idea.

Good on Burco women for speaking out about it. I saw Somali women from other cities in SL also protesting. It's time to stop acting like an candho, stand up for your rights oo xaqiina soo dhaacsada.

Most Somali men whether they be oday dhaqameed, politicians or waddaado don't give 2 shits about the plight of Somali women.
It's embarrassing to see women crying on TV. Take things into your hands. Kill all rapists at first sight, problem solved.
 
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