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International Partners Back Somalia’s Constitutional Amendments



By: Hassan Adan Yarrow 

MOGADISHU—In a joint statement issued on Saturday evening, the international partners have expressed their support for Somalia’s efforts in ensuring compliance with international and regional human rights standards, particularly those concerning the rights of children.

The partners also expressed their willingness to collaborate with Somalia as it strengthens its position on the global stage.

The international partners commended the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Parliament for their commitment to finalizing the country’s constitution.

They called upon all stakeholders to intensify their endeavors and foster consensus through an inclusive process.

The statement was endorsed by a diverse group of organizations and countries, including the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Belgium, Denmark, Djibouti, Ethiopia, the European Union, Finland, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Kenya, the League of Arab States (LAS), Norway, Sudan, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the United Nations.

The international partners emphasized the significance of Somalia’s progress in aligning its legal framework with international human rights obligations.

They underscored the importance of protecting the rights of all individuals, especially the most vulnerable, such as children, and acknowledged Somalia’s commitment to this endeavour.

the international partners expressed their eagerness to collaborate closely with Somalia as it continues to consolidate its position within the international community.

They recognized the country’s determination to play an active and constructive role on the global stage and pledged their support in achieving this goal.

The joint statement highlights the collective commitment of Somalia’s international partners in assisting the country in its constitutional review process and in promoting human rights.

It signifies a collaborative approach to address challenges and build a brighter future for Somalia.

The joint press statement from the international community comes a day after the bicameral federal parliament meticulously reviewed and voted on amendments to the first four chapters of the provisional constitution.


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