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Somalia: Court Cuts Off a Man’s Hand for Stealing

(May 14, 2009) It was reported on May 9, 2009, that a court in the port city of Kismayu, Somalia's third largest city after Mogadishu and Hargeisa, sentenced a man to have his right hand cut off after convicting him of theft. The defendant was accused of stealing clothes, bags, and furniture from a house […]

Somalia: Sharia Law Declared Law of Land

(Apr. 27, 2009) It was reported on April 18, 2009, that the Somali Parliament had unanimously voted to make Sharia law the national law of Somalia. Osman Elmi Boqorre, deputy speaker of the Parliament. said: “343 parliamentarians attended the meeting and they all voted for the Sharia enforcement.” (Parliament Endorses Sharia, SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK, Apr. […]

Somalia: Restrictions on Sale of Khat

(Apr. 3, 2009) It was reported on March 25, 2009, that a law imposed by Al Shebaab, a group that controls Baidoa and other major towns in southern Somalia, banning the sale of Khat inside the city limits of Baidoa has sent hundreds of people out to the streets in protest. Khat is a stimulant […]

Somalia: Sharia Law

(Mar. 19, 2009) On March 10, 2009, members of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of Somalia approved a proposal for the introduction of Islamic law as the law of the land. Of the 36 members of the Council, 20 were present, and their endorsement was unanimous. Speaking about the importance of the step taken by […]

Somalia: Agreement Reached at Ongoing Peace Talks to Expand Parliament, Extend Transition Period, Address Impunity

(Dec. 4, 2008) At a meeting that concluded on November 25, 2008, in Djibouti, participants in the High-Level Committee set up under the Djibouti Agreement – the peace pact reached in June 2008, between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) – agreed to the addition of […]