Human Rights violations in Somalia – Death penalty & increasing volatility

8 Dec

While Amnesty International welcomes the move for an international commission of Inquiry into war crimes and other human rights violations in Somalia, it concedes that the inquiry will not be easy as ‘the security situation in Somalia is extremely volatile’.

According to a UN report, 3.25 million or 43 % of Somalis need food aid until the end of this year due to food shortage and drought. This is in addition to the 1.1 million of the population being displaced. Activists and agencies are also increasingly  being targeted by armed groups in the conflict zone which affects the flow of humanitarian aid. At least 23 UN officers, humanitarian workers and activists have been abducted since the beginning of this year.

More recently, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, a 13 year old girl was stoned to death after being accused of adultery even though her father had claimed that she was a rape victim. In the AI report, David Copeman, who is the organisation’s East African campaigner said this killing ‘demonstrates the importance of international action to investigate and document such abuses, through an International Commission of Inquiry’.

Other references & previous posts on Somalia:

Lewis, H 2008, ‘War on Civilians’, Human Rights Defender – Amnesty International Australia Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 14 – 15.

Human rights violations in Africa – Congo, Somalia & Zimbawe

Somalia Refugees & Aid Problems

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