Somalia: UN concrete human rights action is needed.

EHAHRDP stressed the need for the UN to enhance human rights monitoring and reporting on Somalia. GENEVA (Sunatimes) The Human Rights Council (Council) and the UN in general should ensure that increased attention paid to Somalia, notably at the Council, converts into concrete action in the sphere of human rights…


Somalia journalist jailed for Islamist interview

MOGADISHU Aug 15 (Reuters) – Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland has jailed a journalist for interviewing a rebel leader who claims links to al Qaeda-inspired Islamist militants, local media and an international watchdog said. Armed police seized Abdifatah Jama Mire, the deputy director of Horseed FM, and six of his colleagues,…



10 August 2010 The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, today urged the international community to provide due attention to the protection of civilians in Somalia and ensure accountability for perpetrators of gross human rights and international humanitarian law violations. “I am deeply…


SOMALIA: Ban on aid agencies condemned

NAIROBI, 10 August 2010 (IRIN) – Government officials, aid beneficiaries and humanitarian workers in south-central Somalia have condemned a ban imposed on three aid organizations by the Islamist group, Al Shabab, which controls most of the region. “There is absolutely no excuse for this action,” Abdi Haji Gobdon, the media…

SOMALIA: Sent back to a war zone

Photo: Siegfried Modola/IRIN Somali officials have urged Saudi Arabia to halt the deportations (file photo) MOGADISHU, 26 July 2010 (IRIN) – Somali citizens among thousands recently deported from Saudi Arabia have failed to trace their families in Mogadishu, the capital, due to the frequent displacement caused by ongoing fighting between government…


SOMALIA: Somaliland clashes displace thousands

WIDHWIDH, 23 July 2010 (IRIN) – Several thousand people in northern Somalia have been displaced in recent weeks by clashes between Somaliland troops and a new rebel group, according to local and UN sources. The armed group is called Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC) after the regions it hopes to…

SOMALIA: Conditions worsen for IDPs in and around Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 14 July 2010 (IRIN) – Conditions for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in and around Mogadishu continue to worsen daily, with hunger, disease and lack of shelter taking their toll on an already vulnerable population, according to local sources. “We have so many problems, including continued fighting and…


“Mogadishu faces a catastrophe”

NAIROBI, 6 July 2010 (IRIN) – Heavy fighting in the northern areas of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has trapped many residents in their homes, with some unable to bury their dead, civil society sources said on 6 July. The fighting has rendered the areas inaccessible to those who could provide…


Childeren must come first

HARGESIA, 17 June 2010 (IRIN) – Children with disabilities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland should be given priority in education, livelihood and health policies, child rights activists said on 16 June, during a ceremony marking the Day of the African Child. “The physical environment [access to schools and hospitals],…

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