‘Human rights abusers must be punished’ – Independent Online

March 11th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Nairobi – The United Nations must act to halt daily violence in lawless Somalia and ensure that those responsible for the chaos that has left thousands dead in 2007 are held accountable, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due to present a report on Somalia to the Security Council later this week, while the council is set to debate the actions it should take in response to the report on March 20. (more…)

Nairobi – The United Nations must act to halt daily violence in lawless Somalia and ensure that those responsible for the chaos that has left thousands dead in 2007 are held accountable, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due to present a report on Somalia to the Security Council later this week, while the council is set to debate the actions it should take in response to the report on March 20.

New York-based HRW chided the UN for not addressing the human rights abuses committed by the transitional government, insurgents and Ethiopian troops in the country backing the interim administration.

“The Security Council needs to send a clear message that crimes committed in Somalia will not go unpunished,” said Georgette Gagnon, HRW’s Africa programme director.

“Establishing an international commission of inquiry will send that signal to all the warring parties, including the Ethiopians.”

The warring parties in Somalia’s crisis have all been accused of hurting civilians in their battles, with indiscriminate shooting, bombings and grenades a mainstay of life in the capital Mogadishu.

More than 600 000 people have fled Mogadishu since violence convulsed the city in January 2007. Thousands have been killed in an Iraq-style insurgency that sparked what the UN has called Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Since the start of2008, fighting has spread to towns outside the capital, displacing scores and causing food shortages that have become “life threatening”, according to the Red Cross.

Somalia was plunged into anarchy after the 1991 toppling of dictator Mohammed Siad Barre but has seen some of the worst violence since then over 2007.

The Ethiopian-backed government ousted a popular Islamist group in late 2006, setting off the renewed violence in Mogadishu that has cleared out entire neighbourhoods.

Ban has ruled out a UN peacekeeping mission to Somalia and the idea elicits memories of a joint UN-US mission in the early 1990s that saw naked and beaten bodies of dead US soldiers dragged through the streets after their helicopter was shot down over Mogadishu.

An African Union force is currently in the capital but has struggled to keep peace in the volatile city. – Sapa-dpa

  1. Fact teller
    | #1

    The problem is not Ethiopia or America or any other, but islam it self. How do you expect Muslims countries to get lasting peace while they become devoted muslims, because according to muhammed`s Quranic Islams teaching anybody who disagree and did not live according islamic teaching considered as enemy of islam/muslim countries. What worse and troubling is when islam as a religion teaching and preaching violence and terrorism in the name of islamic teaching of Jehad.
    This also the main reason why almost the entire Islam civilization/muslim countries are the most backward and uncivilized technologically and other advancement. The entire Islam civilization totally dependent on Christain civilization for its basic technological needs. The only thing Islam civilization so far got is nothing but mono natural resource (Oil), when the oil dry Islam civilization will dry with it,unless the islam civilization wake up and do serious self examination to catch in technological advancement.
    When you travel to muslim countries you see all these skyscrapper beautyful artistic buildings which got nothing to with Islam civilization, these countries look like authentically based cities, fact is these islamic cities got nothing to do with their nice looking buildings, it is all borrowed from Chirisian civilization(Christain engeneering). These buildings do not reflect muslims value and muslims culture and muslimscivilization. Non of these building materials made or built in Arebic muslim countries, all the material was brough from christain countries, in exchange of oil sell. At the end when the oil dry Islam civilization will go back to its base (nothing).

  2. teddy
    | #2

    woyane soldiers??
    i used to like this wesbite but it is becoming very backward.

    those soldiers are ethiopians, not woyane. maybe most top generals are woyane

  3. Damitew
    | #3

    they are not ethiopian soldiers.an ethiopian soldier is a solduire whoo shares the value ethiopians and respect human right. Rapist and childe killers are not ethiopians. They made it clear when they said that our flag is just a rug and now if they wrap them sleves with the flag it doesn’t amke them an ethiopian. Thos are savages and they only fit in woyane for their behaviour and thought they are primitive and undeducated war mongors.

  4. Damitew
    | #4

    dear Fact teller Says: that is your wish full thinking. Islam has been here very long time before america and woyanes so how they lived in peace so far if they are haters or what ever you call them. They are peacefull ppls and but they don’t like to be bullied i guess that is the bottom line. when the west run out energy and their greed goes beyound limit in stead of buying the oil they want to own the source and then the problem comes. Muslims belive that god gave them oil in their deasert and they have to protect at any coast. If it was not for thieir they would be forgotten like africa until there is some thing that is important for the west like the present time of resuource in africa. Now the west started to make realation with africa becouse the chineese and the indians will do other wise. you got to wake up my friend if you don’t sleep delebarately.

  5. dildil
    | #5

    Teddy,

    I guess you are becoming backward, not abudida. An Ethiopian army does not invade another country, does not kill women and children and does not rape women.

    The army in somalia is a typical woyanne army.

  6. Fact teller
    | #6

    Damitew,

    You misunderstatood my point, i am not againest Muslims or any other religion. Religion is good as long as it balance it self with time and if its productive and supportive of its society.
    No doubt Islam has some good in it,even though personally i have no desire to be muslim. But what i am talking about is, the problem in todays muslim countries. Fact is, the entire Muslim countries some what lagging behind. And the socioeconomic condition is totally dependent on oil. Yes, some muslim countries are rich in paper, but the richness does`t have strong root. the matter of fact, the wealth of the country is not even trickled down to the mass, there is no even meaningful middle class in muslim countries. In most cases less than 2% of the population control the wealth. There is no even meaningful manufacturing or agricultural sector. Muslim countries do not even have strong educational base to creat meaningful aristocratic class. Today unemployement in muslim countries is about 71%, and the governments ofcourse pupming money to all these unemplyed youth as a form of welfare, but what will happen to these countries when the demand for oil drops ?
    In most cases,muslim hate to see muslim womens educated and work, they treat 62% of their population(Women) as second class citizens, and treat them like as speaking animals. Womens do no have no right to drive car,womens do not have no right to divorce her hasband,women do not have no right to work as independent human being,women do not have no right to participate in the society social affairs,according to islamic law one man is allowed to get married five women,and the women now allowed to take birth control. In muslim countries Camels get more respected than a women. one father five wives followed by 30 kids, in some cases the muslim father even do not remember his own kids names, because he has more than 20 kids.
    Then how do expect such society to advance forward.

  7. | #7

    Weyane mastered to kill by killing the very innocent people of Ethiopia first!

  8. gubena
    | #8

    teddy I support your idea the soldiers in Somalia are woyanae army’s are not Ethiopian army Ethiopian army was well respect and peace keeper were not children and woman killer. woyanee law of jungle does not apply on civilized world

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