Somaliland:President Appoints National Committee to Counter the Degradation of Moral standards

By Goth Mohamed Goth

17 January 2014

HE President Ahmed Silanyo appointed a national committee tasked with countering and preventing the country decadency into the degradation moral standards such as actions which may amount to social vice which in recent times seems to threaten our cultural and religious values.

In accordance with Article 5 of the constitution of Republic of Somaliland and in consideration of the report presented to me and prepared by the Ministry of Religious and Endowment, I hereby appoint a national committee to counter the vice and to be headed by the Minster of Religious affairs.

I do hereby order all concerned governmental agencies to use necessary measures at their disposal to counter actions which are considered inherently immoral, regardless of the legality or objective harm involved.

Article 5 of Somaliland constitution stipulates that all the laws which were current and which did not conflict with the Islamic Sharia, individual rights and fundamental freedoms shall remain in force in the country of the Republic of Somaliland until the promulgation of laws which are in accord with the Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland.

Vice is often used in law enforcement and judicial systems as an umbrella for crimes involving activities that are considered inherently immoral, regardless of the legality or objective harm involved in the case of Somaliland the law regarding the issue needs to be clearly defined.

The remolding will not always produce good effects such as a dignified style of life and social stability, although it is necessary and indispensable for improving the living standards of each citizen. This is because introducing western elements into non-Western countries may sometimes cause serious friction and tension with the traditional cultures.

Members of the panel consists of

1.      Minister of Religious Affairs Chairman

2.      Minister of Home Affairs Member

3.      Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Member

4.      Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism Member

5.      Police commander

6.      Head of the National Secret Services


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