On 24 January, the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) condemned the re-suspension of HUBAAL Media Group. Local media contends that nearly 20 journalists have been arbitrarily detained by Somaliland authorities over the last two years. The UK is considering how we can promote better relations between Somaliland authorities and local media.
Somaliland executed six convicted murderers by firing squad on 13 April, ending a de facto moratorium on the death penalty, thought to have held since 1991. The EU condemned the move, and the UK raised concerns directly with the Somaliland administration. There have been no further executions. Somaliland authorities, on April 18, detained Guleid Ahmed Jama, chair of the Human Rights Centre, seemingly for criticising the executions. He was released on 6 May, though the charges against him were not dropped. The UK, and the international community, continue to monitor his case closely.
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