shocked story, Somali woman killed for not wearing veil, relatives say

2Al-Shabab fighters in  Mogadishu, Somalia (5 March 2012) – Al-Shabab is fighting for an Islamic state in Somalia




Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say.

Ruqiya Farah Yarow was killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the al-Shabab group, they say.

The militants had ordered her to put on a veil, and then killed her after returning and finding she was still not wearing one, the relatives said.

An al-Shabab spokesman denied the group had killed the woman.

Al-Shabab does not fully control the area where she was living, he added

Relatives, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, told the BBC that Mrs Yarow was killed at about 07:30 (04:30 GMT).

She was shot twice and died instantly, they added.

She is survived by her husband and children, the relatives said.

Al-Shabab, which controls much of southern and central Somalia, imposes strict rules of behaviour, including dress codes for men and women.

BBC Somalia analyst Mary Harper says the fact that al-Shabab has denied killing Mrs Yarow suggests that rogue elements within the group may have been responsible for her death.

It is also possible that al-Shabab wants to distance itself from the shooting because it is likely to provoke a strong public reaction, she says.

Source: BBC

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Hani Garabyare’s Journey From Somalia to the Senate

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When Hani Garabyare was a little girl, she prayed that she would be an American.

The 27-year-old Somali native is now a U.S. citizen and finds herself walking up Capitol Hill each day to work in the Senate.

When Garabyare was 3 years old, Somalia descended into civil war. Both her parents were members of the warring clans, so the ensuing chaos forced her family to flee the country.

“Everything that I knew collapsed,” said Garabyare.

Her mother recalled Garabyare praying each night to become an American. Even at a young age, Garabyare believed she would have a better life in the United States.

“America is always put on this high pedestal,” said the young Senate staffer. “It’s a land of freedom with an opportunity to rise.”

Garabyare and her family lived in the Utanga refugee camp in Kenya for four years. Her older brother had previously been sent to New York for schooling, so he helped the family through the asylum process that brought them to the United States.

With the additional help of Christian missionaries, the Garabyare family emigrated. They traveled first to Arlington, Va., and eventually settled in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Garabyare credits the U.S. government with helping to bring her family to America, which is why she wanted to work on Capitol Hill.

“I wouldn’t be in this country had it not been for United States legislation and people putting in an effort for immigration, especially refugees,” she said.

After receiving a master’s degree in public policy at Queen Mary University of London, Garabyare came to D.C. to intern for Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y. In 2012, the Somali native jumped at the opportunity to work for her home state’s senior senator: Democrat Carl Levin.

As a legislative aide with a focus on foreign policy, Garabyare relishes the opportunity to work on policies she is passionate about. She described meeting with various human rights groups as a fulfilling part of her job. “I feel like I have a role in helping them,” she said.

Garabyare is also active in the Congressional African Staff Association and said she feels a unique responsibility in being the only Somali staffer on the Hill.

“People can say a lot about Somalis or Somalia,” she said, noting that people often talk about her native country in the context of piracy, terrorism and anarchy.

“I want to give them a different perspective of what it is to be a Somali,” Garabyare said. “We are resilient people; we’re hard working and we’re also, if given the opportunity, we can excel very well in this country.”

Garabyare hopes to continue excelling on the Hill, although her future remains a bit uncertain with Levin retiring at the end of the year.

“I do want to stay on the Hill,” she said. “I feel like there’s more I can do.”

Source  roll  call


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Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality



Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights and United Nations values. A fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter adopted by world leaders in 1945 is  “equal rights of men and women“, and protecting and promoting women’s human rights is the responsibility of all States.

Yet millions of women around the world continue to experience discrimination:

Moreover, some groups of women face compounded forms of discrimination — due to factors such as their age, ethnicity, disability, or socio-economic status — in addition to their gender.

Effectively ensuring women’s human rights requires, firstly, a comprehensive understanding of the social structures and power relations that frame not only laws and politics but also the economy, social dynamics and family and community life.

Harmful gender stereotypes must be dismantled, so that women are no longer viewed in the light of what women “should” do and are instead seen for who they are: unique individuals, with their own needs and desires.


The international framework

Discrimination based on sex is prohibited under almost every human rights treaty – including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which under their common article 3 provide for the rights to equality between men and women in the enjoyment of all rights.

In addition, there are treaties and expert bodies specifically dedicated to the realization of women’s human rights:

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Considered the international bill of rights for women, the Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. It was adopted by the United Nations in 1979 and came into force on 3 September 1981.

The CEDAW Committee

Oversight of the Convention is the task of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, a group of 23 independent experts on women’s rights from different States that have ratified the Convention. Countries that are parties to the Convention must submit reports detailing their compliance with its provisions every four years. The Committee (the treaty body) reviews those reports and may also hear claims of violations and inquire into situations of grave or systemic contraventions of women’s rights.

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women

In 1994 the United Nations resolved to appoint a Special Rapporteur – an independent expert — on the causes and consequences of violence against women. The Special Rapporteur investigates and monitors violence against women, and recommends and promotes solutions for its elimination.

The Working Group

In 2010 the Human Rights Council established a Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice to promote the elimination of laws that discriminate against women and/or have a discriminatory impact on them.



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Kulan wadatashi iyo xog is weeydaarsi dhexmaray Wasiiradda Haweenka, Xildhibaanada iyo Ururada Bulshada Rayidka


Kulan wadatashi iyo xog is weeydaarsi dhexmaray Wasiiradda Haweenka,  Xildhibaanada iyo Ururada Bulshada Rayidka   oo lagu gorfeeyay  Xuquuqda Haweenka  oo  ay soo qabanqaabisay Hey’adda  Horumarinta Haweenka ee IIDA   oo  lagu qabtay Hotel Naasa Hablood 2  Magaalada Muqdisho.


Kulankaan wadatashiga oo looga hadlayay sidii si mideeysan oo wadajir loogu ololeeyn lahaa  Xuquuqaha Haweenka ka maqan dhinac walba, ka qeybgalka siyaasadda, dhaqaalaha, waxbarashada,caafimaadka iyo arrimaha bulshada.

Ayadoo laga ambaqaadaayo caqabadihii is hortaagay xuquuqda haweenka Soomaaliyeed sannadkii 2012 roadmapkii Kampala Accord iyo kuwii ka horeeyayba in dhamaan caqabadahaasi ay u sabab ahaayeen in aysan haysanin Haweenka wax qoraal ah oo ay ku dacwo iyo dagaal gali karaan oo ugu qoran Dastuurka,ololaha Haweenka wuxuu ku xadidnaa wax aan qoraal lahayn oo sharci ahayn oo afka iyo waan ku siiyay ah,haddaba ayadoo taas laga ambaqaadayo wadatashigan wuxuu ahaa sidee Dastuurka loogu dari karaa qoraal cad oo qeexaya Xuquuqda Haweenka ay ku leeyihiin masiirka Ummadda Soomaaliyeed, si taas loo helo  waxaa laysku afgartay  in si wadajir loogu qareemo ayadoo ay iska kaashan  doonaan  Wasiirada Haweenka iyo Horumarinta Xuquuqda Aadanaha,Gabdhaha Xildhibaanada ee ku jira Baarlamaanka, Ragga jecel Horumarka Haweenka Soomaaliyeed ee Xildhibaanada ah iyo Ururada Bulshada Rayidka Soomaaliyeed.


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Somali activist, singer remembered in Minnesota for her bravery

5Adar Kahin comforted her fellow singer Hibo Nuura, long time friend, during a vigil for the singer and activist Saado Ali Warsam. The Nuura ans Warsam were members of a musical troupe called Waaberi. Saado Ali Warsame was killed when gunmen attacked her car in Mogadishu. The singer and political activist will be mourned at and around Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis, Min. Thursday, July 24, 2014    6

Saado Ali Warsame’s songs and poems urged unity in a country known for its tumult and division. Between the lines, they also reflected a political activism for change that propelled her to become one of the first women in Somalia’s parliament.

Warsame, who for decades was one of the top singing stars in Somalia, bridged the communities of her home country and her adopted home in Minnesota. She lived in Minneapolis and St. Cloud from 2007 to 2012. Somali-Americans here often found it remarkable that they could mingle and chat so easily in local coffee shops and stores with a celebrity of such status.

She had just returned to Somalia for the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan when she and her driver were killed Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Mogadishu.

The militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s shooting outside the Ambassador Hotel. Warsame, who according to a family member was born in 1950, was the fourth member of the Somali parliament killed by Al-Shabab this year and the latest of seven members of parliament to be assassinated.

For Somali-Americans in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the United States, the news of Warsame’s death struck hard, raising concerns about the stability of the fledgling government in the restive east African nation. But it was also a time for reflection on Warsame’s contributions to the idea of unity, both in Somalia and the Somali community here. She was elected to the Somali parliament in 2012. Warsame, who held dual citizenship, was most recently back in Minnesota a week or so ago.

“Saado was a passionate advocate for Somali nationalism, for human rights, and she was a symbol that we can have one Somalia that is at peace with itself,” local political activist Sadik Warfa said.

Warfa said he was with her son and daughter in Elk River on Wednesday as the family struggled with the news. Warsame’s body apparently already has been buried in Mogadishu in a prominent national memorial.

Minneapolis turns out

A memorial service Thursday night in Minneapolis drew a large crowd honoring Warsame. The room inside the Brian Coyle Community Center in the largely Somali-American Cedar-Riverside area hit maximum capacity soon after the event began around 6 p.m., so the crowd was asked to move outside. More than 100 people sat in chairs outside the center just in front of the Riverside Plazaapartments as community members, friends and co-workers spoke in Somali in an hourlong tribute to Warsame. Fans of her music also filled the crowd. Mahdi Elmi of Minneapolis likened her to Tupac or Michael Jackson.

Abdiaziz Yusuf, a member of the Somali parliament who worked with Warsame, called her a “brilliant member.”

Salma Barkad was Warsame’s niece. The 26-year-old, who lives in Minneapolis, sat in the audience wearing a shirt with Warsame’s photo on it. The shirt read, “In loving memory of legend Saado A. Warsame, phenomenal woman.”

“She was never afraid to say what’s on her mind,” Barkad said with tears in her eyes. “She was a brave woman.”

“She was a role model to me, and I plan to follow her footsteps.”

‘It really sets things back’

Warfa urged the U.S. government to insist that Somalia conduct a full investigation into Warsame’s death, particularly since she was an American citizen.

“The pattern is not good,” he said. “They [the U.S. government] send condolences to the family. They condemn, and that’s it. The killing of these parliamentarian members, it really sets things back for all of us.”

Warsame’s status as a celebrity was huge, and she was often described as Somalia’s Aretha Franklin. As a boy growing up in Mogadishu in the 1980s, Ahmed Ali Said would listen to Warsame’s songs, which often had undertones urging political change. At the time, she was as big a pop star in Somalia as Michael Jackson was in the United States, he said.

Said met Warsame several times for coffee in St. Cloud, where he moved in 2001. He said her story in part inspired his current campaign for a seat on the St. Cloud City Council.

“She had two flags. She felt that if Somalis could come together and unite they could rebuild Somalia with the help of the United States,” he said.

Local Somali community activist Abdirizak Bihi said Warsame was well aware of the dangers of her political involvement, at one point early in the process even acknowledging that becoming a member of parliament could be a death sentence for her. Bihi said he recalled watching a video of when she arrived back in Somalia.

“Right at the airport she said she was there to help rebuild at any cost, even until she dies,” Bihi said. “She died for that.”


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Xildhibaanad Saado Cali Warsame oo Muqdisho lagu dilay


Rabbi ha u naxariistee waxaa maanta magaalada Muqdisho lagu diley Xildhibaanad Saado Cali Warsame oo ahayd fanaanad Qaran. Xildhibaan Saado oo la socotey gaari yar ayaa koox hubeysan gaari ku horgoyeen gaarigeeda oo maraayey waddada Maka almukarama oo ah goobaha ugu amaanka badan Muqdisho, waxaana ay rasaas oodda uga qaadeen Xildhibaanada ilamaa aay ku naf baxdey goobtaas, Waxaana saado la dhintey dareewalkii gaariga ku wadey.

Saado Cali Warsame ayaa lagu yaqaaney in ay garab istaagto cid kasta oo la dulminaayo uguna hiiliso carabkeeda, laga soo bilaabo 1989 oo ay heeso badan ku garab istaagtey dadkii ay markaas aaminsaneyd in la dulminaayo.

Xildhibaan Saadi Cali ayaa ahayd fanaanad Qaran oo ka tirsanaan jirtey hobolada Waabari tan iyo todobaadanaadkii, waxa ay ku dhalatey Gobolka Cayn halkaas oo qoyskeedi ka soo jeedo.

Baarlamaanka Soomaaliya ayey ku biirtey sanadkii 2012, waxaana ay a mid ahayd Xildhibaanada Gobolada Sool Sanaag iyo Cayn.

Waa Xildhibaanadii u horeysey ee haween ah oo magaalada Muqdisho lagu dilo.

Dilka Xil. Saado Cali Warsame ayaa noqdey mid si weyn looga argagaxay.


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US Condemns the Killing of Somali MP Saado Ali Warsame


The United States has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Somali MP Saado Ali Warsame today in Mogadishu.

“We offer our deepest condolences to her family. As a singer, songwriter, poet and parliamentarian Warsame exemplified all the best qualities of Somali culture and tradition. This is a tremendous loss to the people of Somalia and to Somalis around the world” the United States said in an emailed statement of which HOL obtained a copy today.

“This attack is yet another example of al-Shabaab’s disrespect for the principles of peace, justice and compassion that Somalis everywhere are commemorating during the holy month of Ramadan” read the statement.

The United States stands with the people of Somalia, the Somali National Security Forces, and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and will continue to work closely with Somali political and security leaders to combat al-Shabaab.

HOL English News Desk

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