GENEVA, Switzerland, April 22, 2014 – IPU has condemned the killing of Somali MP Isaak Mohamed Rinoco in a car bomb attack in Mogadishu and is urging authorities in the Northeast African country to ensure greater protection of parliamentarians.
Isaak Mohamed Rinoco was killed on Monday when a bomb concealed in his vehicle exploded in Mogadishu, close to the heavily fortified government district. Mohamed Abdi, another MP, was seriously wounded.
IPU condemns this cowardly and reprehensible attack, the latest in a string of terrorist acts against parliamentarians committed to putting in place a fully functional democracy in Somalia after two decades of civil war and unrest.
IPU stresses every effort should be made to support and protect those working to represent the interests of the Somali people in an extremely challenging environment. The Organization also calls Somali authorities to ensure that those responsible for the attacks on MPs are brought to justice.
“The failure to deliver justice breeds impunity and can only lead to further violence against the legitimate representatives of the Somali people”, says IPU Secretary General Anders B. Johnsson.
IPU has been closely following the political transition in Somalia and has acknowledged the progress made by the country in putting in place a functional and representative parliament following legislative elections in 2012.
As a result Somalia was able to re-join IPU at its 129th Assembly in Geneva in October 2013.
SOURCE: Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)