Mogadishu, June 23, 2018
Press Release on the Production and The export of Charcoal
- The production and the export of charcoal has a negative impact on Somalia’s environment, security and economy. It acts as a major source of funding for militias and terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab.
- Despite a 2012 UN Security Council ban on importing Somalia’s charcoal the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Iran are major markets for Somali charcoal exports.
- The production and the export of charcoal is a punishable crime under the Somali Penal Code. The Office of the Attorney General in collaboration with Federal Member States has been investigating the illegal trade in charcoal.
- The Office of the Attorney General calls on all parties to fully enforce Law No. 6 (25/10/1969), Council of Ministers Decision Nr. 30 (19/04/2018), the United Nation’s Security Council Resolution S/RES/2036 (2012) and the on imposing a ban on the direct or indirect import of charcoal from Somalia, whether or not such charcoal originated in Somalia.
- We warn Somali businessmen living in Somalia or abroad that are engaged in this illegal activity to cease such activity or face criminal charges as per the Somali Penal Code.
- The Office of the Attorney is engaging international law enforcement institutions including Afripol and Interpol and other countries through mutual legal assistance to enforce the investigation and enforcement of such alleged criminal activities.
- The Somali government has requested international forces that are involved to prevent and combat acts of piracy and other activities including illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean to expand its operational scope to include illegal trade of charcoal.
- The Office of the Attorney General wants to draw the attention of Somali security forces and AMISOM to be vigilant about such activities and urges them to support the investigation and the enforcement of Somali Criminal law and the UN Resolution S/RES/2036 (2012) on Imposing a ban on the direct or indirect import and trade of charcoal from Somalia.
- The Office of the Attorney General warns that any vessel loaded with charcoal may be confiscated in accordance with Somali laws.