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Amnesty International urges Somalia to halt execution of children in Puntland

Friday 5th of May 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

On April 28th, Amnesty International addressed the Government of Puntland, a Somali semi-autonomous region, demanding for the immediate halt of the planned executions of two children


Muhamed Yasin Abdi, 17, and Daud Saied Sahal, 15, were sentenced to death in February for their alleged role in the armed group Al-Shabaab’s killing of three senior administration officials. According to Amnesty International, five other boys, all aged between 14 and 17, have been executed on April 8th for these killings, following a “fundamentally flawed process during which they were tortured to confess, denied access to a lawyer and additional protections accorded to juveniles, and tried in a military tribunal.” The two boys could now be put to death at any moment.

The IJJO strongly supports Amnesty International in its petition to the Puntland government for the immediate halt of the execution of these two children, and firmly opposes death penalty for both children and adults, as it remains an inhumane punishment regardless of the alleged crime committed.   


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