Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia


The mandate of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia was established in 1993 pursuant to Commission on Human Rights resolution E/CN.4/RES/1993/86.

Human Rights Council resolution 45/27 adopted on 6 October 2020 extended the mandate of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia for a period of one year to assess, monitor and report on the situation of human rights in Somalia with a view to making recommendations on technical assistance and capacity-building in the field of human rights. It requested the Independent Expert to continue to working closely with the Federal Government at the national and subnational levels, with all United Nations bodies, including the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, with the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and other relevant international organizations, civil society and all relevant human rights mechanisms, and to assist Somalia in the implementation of:

  1. Its national and international human rights obligations;
  2. Human Rights Council resolutions and other human rights instruments, including associated routine reporting;
  3. Recommendations accepted in the context of the universal periodic review;
  4. Other human rights commitments, policies and legislation to promote the empowerment of women, young people and marginalized groups, freedom of expression and assembly, the protection of the media, access to justice for women, and increasing the capacity of ministries and institutions responsible for the administration of justice and the protection of human rights.

Human Rights Council resolution 45/27 also requests the Independent Expert to report to the Human Rights Council at its forty-eighth session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session.  

Working methods

In the discharge of the mandate, the Independent Expert:

  1. transmits urgent appeals and letters of allegation to States with regard to human rights violations.
  2. undertakes fact-finding country visits.
  3. submits annual reports to the Human Rights Council, and General Assembly, on the activities, trends and methods of work.

Contact us

Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Somalia
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations at Geneva
8-14 avenue de la Paix
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: (+41) 22 917 90 06

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Statement by the Independent Expert to the 75th session of the General Assembly, 26 October 2020

Statement to the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, 2 October 2020

Statement to the Third Committee, New York, 24 October 2018

Human Rights Council - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia

Independent Expert

Ms. Isha DYFAN

Previous Independent Experts

(Tanzania), 2014-2020

Mr. Shamsul BARI
(Bangladesh), 2008-2014

(Kuwait), 2001-2008

(Palestine), 1996-2000

Mr. Mohamed CHARFI
(Tunisia), 1995-1996

Mr. Fanuel Jariretundu KOZONGUIZI