The crowd of people who gathered in-front of Downing street which is opposite the office and the residence of the British PM carried slogans like : One SMS , 8 Months in prison , No human rights in Somaliland
Nadra Mohamed Jama has been in detention without charge for 8 weeks before she was sentenced to 8 months prison in Mid Feb. This Somaliland women , dubbed as the SMS lady has been charged and imprisoned for allegedly sending offensive text messages to minister Hirsi Haji Ali of the Somaliland presidency.
The imprisonment of Nadra has been seen by the Somaliland people as human rights abuse and breach of her rights and the case sets precedence for other similar abuses against Somaliland women in the future. Most think that this action by the authorities does not help Somaliland democratization processes and its commitment to freedom of speech. Activists have demanded that the minister in question should show tolerance and restraint and that the public should not keep silent about the injustice against this lady.
The demonstrators called upon the British government to use its influence on Somaliland authorities to release Miss Nadra M . Jama from prison .
Somaliland needs to respect human rights and vulnerable women should be protected against the power abusers among the government officials.
By : Mohammed Ahmed Ali ( Medeshi )