Speaker Adan Madobe incline parliament will not at all support sexual bill, says contravenes Islamic Values
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Speaker Adan Madobe incline parliament will not at all support sexual bill, says contravenes Islamic Values

Speaker Adan Madobe incline parliament will not at all support sexual bill, says contravenes Islamic Values


Dalsan Reporter

The speaker of the House of the People of the Federal Government of Somalia Sheikh Adan Madobe said parliament will not pass any bill that contravenes the Islamic laws and principles. 

While on Tour to parts of Europe the speaker who was accused of meeting advocates of LGT Rights, said based on the Islamic principles, any discussion and sharing of information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their human rights still remains illegal. 

The speaker said lawmakers will not support and provisions that would introduce criminal liability for repeated violations of the law prohibiting the promotion of pedophilia and so-called non-traditional sexual relations.

Speaker Adan Madobe was chairing a session of the house of the people of the Federal Government of Somalia which suspended its sessions when al-Shabab gunmen attacked a hotel near Villa Somalia. Parliament operates from within Villa Somalia.

The Speaker denied claims that he has held talks or signed memorandum of understanding with partner countries in relation to the LGBT.

“It is well stipulated in the constitution that anything that is contrary to the Islamic values will not be passed by parliament. No such bill can be brought to parliament and if it is brought the house leadership will throw it away,” said Speaker Adan Madobe. 

In 2018, Somalia’s cabinet approved the landmark Sexual Offences bill aimed at criminalising a wide range of forms of gender-based violence including rape, child marriage and sex trafficking.

The bill sets out clear duties for police, investigators and prosecutors and provides specific protections for vulnerable groups such as children, people with disabilities and internally displaced people.

It had been pending before the lower house of parliament for over two years until Saturday, when a new bill, the Sexual Intercourse bill, which allows for girls who reach puberty to be married, was introduced before legislators.

International donors to Somalia also expressed concerns. Ben Fender, Britain’s ambassador to Somalia, tweeted this was “a big moment for MPs to decide Somalia’s future values.”

The bill which was first to define and address sexual offences in Somalia is expected to be presented to the cabinet before the end of this year, updating legislation that has been in place since 1930.

The bill will define rape as a crime against a person, rather than a crime against morality, as it characterized at present. 

The rule will criminalize gang rape and introduce legislation against child marriage, human trafficking, sexual harassment and offences committed against vulnerable groups such as internally displaced people.

The new law will also outline the role public officials and police should play in investigating and prosecuting cases, in addition to criminalising the obstruction of justice, protecting the identity of injured parties and witnesses, and – in a major shift for Somalia’s clan-based society – prohibiting the out-of-court settlement of sexual offences cases.

By Dalsan Reporter
Strategic communication practitioner.