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Somalia throws out two UN rights officials -AFP

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Laaska News Apr.03,2011.
MOGADISHU — Somalia’s transitional government on Saturday banned from the country two officials working with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the foreign ministry said.

The pair were named as Scott Campbell, UNHCHR’s head of Africa field operations, and Sandra Beidas, who heads the human rights arm of the UN Political Office for Somalia.

“The ministry… has the honour to convey the decision of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to declare Mr Scott Cambell and Miss Sandra Beidas …persona non grata,” the statement said.

“Our country needs to have the ability to protect human rights but the barriers we are facing… include the High Commissioner for Human Rights who failed to assist us to improve rights agencies and law enforcement institutions in the country,” Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar, minister in the prime minister’s office, told reporters.

“We therefore support stopping these United Nations officials from entering the country and they will not be allowed to operate in Somalia,” she said.

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