January 23, 2023 (NAIROBI) – A group of seven Civil Society and human rights organizations on Monday urged Somali lawmakers to repeal the use of religious beliefs to justify sexual violence against women and girls. The coalition appeal comes as Somalia MPs are pushing to pass a draft law which is underpinned by religious convictions that would discriminate against women and girls if approved. “We are deeply appalled by recent indications that many members of the Parliament of Somalia are inclined to pass the Sexual Intercourse Bill over the historic Sexual Offenses Bill (SOB) that was adopted by the Council of Ministers in May 2018” reads a joint statement received by SudanTribune.

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