Following the federal government of Somalia’s failure to fulfill one other self-established deadline of March 15 for the completion of its parliamentary electoral course of, the USA is increasing the variety of Somali people topic to visa restrictions.
I’m taking this motion pursuant to a coverage I introduced on February 8, underneath Part 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to limit the issuance of visas for these believed to be accountable for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic course of in Somalia.
Whereas encouraging progress has been remodeled the previous few weeks, there are nonetheless greater than three dozen unfilled parliamentary seats. There are continued credible experiences of procedural irregularities. Journalists and opposition social gathering members working to help democratic establishments and clear processes have been focused with harassment, intimidation, arrest, and violence.
We are going to proceed to guage further designations underneath this coverage and different instruments at our disposal to advertise accountability and help the fast conclusion of Somalia’s electoral course of in a reputable and clear method.
The US strongly helps the Somali individuals and stays dedicated to working to advance democracy and mutual prosperity.