The Banadiri political reformation council (BPRC) is outraged by arbitrary arrest of its deputy chairman Omar Sharif Jeeg, who spent the second night in jail after attending a peaceful demonstration in Hamarweyne district.
Ref: BPRC0028/16 Date:
detention of BPRC Deputy chairman
The Banadiri political reformation
council (BPRC) is outraged by arbitrary arrest of its deputy chairman Omar
Sharif Jeeg, who spent the second night in jail after attending a peaceful
demonstration in Hamarweyne district.
Mr. Omar Shariif Jeeg was arrested right
after attending a peaceful demonstration, which the BPRC organized in order the
Banadiri community express its concerns related to the political
marginalization subjected to it in terms of the power-sharing of the upper
house and the participation of the High Level partnership conference in
The deputy chairman was arrested by the
National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) branch commander of Hamarweyne
District, who claimed to be ordered by the NISA commander of Mogadishu.
"This is awful and very arbitrary arrest
subjected to us in order to force us to keep silent and not to express our
concerns about our future as community, it is unacceptable act, we condemn it,
we are very outraged by the act of the NISA and who ever ordered it and we
request the Somalia government and the international community to intervene”
said the BPRC chairman Dr. Lutfi Mohamed Omar, who is also on the run after
NISA ordered his arrest.
"We are a peaceful community, we just
expressed our concern through peaceful demonstration, we want to have the right
to express our expression, we are marginalized and now oppressed not to express
our concerns” Omar added.
"I didn’t sleep my house, NISA is
looking for me and I don’t know why they want arrest me, but I call on the NISA
and the ministry for the internal security to stop harassing us because we are
unarmed community, we just want to apply our freedom of expression through
peaceful and polite manner” He continued.
The arrest of Omar Sharif Jeeg, the
outspoken deputy chairman of NISA and the chasing of BPRC chairman started
moments after a peaceful demonstration started in Hamarweyne, which hundreds of
Banadiri community members chanted against the exclusive power-sharing of the
Upper House and the HLPF in Istanbul.
The Banadiri community’s political
leadership, BPRC, requests the Somalia government, to intervene the matter and
stop its security forces, from carrying out the crackdown against the Banadiri
community’s political leaders, who are advocating for the rights of the
community through peaceful and polite advocacy.
We request the NISA to free Omar Sharif
Jeeg without condition and explain why he was arrested and who ordered the
We request the international donor
community, specially the UN, UK, US, EU, as well as the regional bodies of
IGAD, LAS, AU and the governments of Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Norway and
Germany, to pressure the Somalia government to release Omar Sharif Jeeg and
stop harassing political leaders of the Banadiri community.
Our right to political movement and
freedom of expression is a constitutional right, which we want to apply
Political Reformation Council