Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Somalia
New York, 04 March 2013 - The Secretary-General is gratified by the 3 March Appeals Court ruling in Mogadishu overturning the conviction of an alleged rape victim accused of maligning the reputation of the state.
He regrets, however, that the sentence against a journalist charged in connection with the case, while shortened, has been upheld.
The Secretary-General welcomes the statement by the Prime Minister reaffirming his government's commitment to independent media and freedom of expression.
The Secretary-General urges the Government of Somalia to ensure that allegations of sexual violence are investigated and perpetrators are brought to justice. He emphasizes the importance of respect for human rights and a fair judicial process in the public life of Somalia.