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The UN refugee agency said it has voluntary repatriated 5,853 Somali refugees from the Dadaab settlement in northeast Kenya to areas in southern Somalia which have been pacified. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said some 448 returnees were assisted to return by flight to Mogadishu in November. “In total 5,853 Somali refugees returned home since December 8,...

People in the contested central Somalia town of Galkayo are paying a heavy price as their leaders faced off again on December 3, 2015, in the third spate of heavy fighting between Puntland and Galmudug forces since late November. The Puntland administration controls the north of Galkayo, and the newly formed Galmudug interim administration controls the south. Given that...

Al Jazeera contributor, Mustaf Abdi Noor, has been killed in an al-Shabab attack on a hotel in Mogadishu. He was 23. He was sharp and always smiling. A notebook, a pen, a camera and a phone the things he carried. Harmless tools for what is a deadly trade in Mogadishu. Mustaf Abdi Noor was a rising star in a profession that continues to claim the lives of many in Somalia’s...

PRESS RELEASE Geneva — Almost 70,000 refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants – primarily from Ethiopia and Somalia – have reached Yemen by sea so far this year, despite on-going conflict and a deepening humanitarian crisis there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. The strife-torn country now hosts 264,615 refugees, of whom 250,260 are Somali. More than...

Improved security in large parts of Somalia means that Finland is likely to grant asylum to fewer Somalis arriving in the Nordic state, its immigration service said on Tuesday. Around 24,000 of the more than 680,000 refugees and migrants to have streamed into the European Union from war-torn and deprived areas of the Middle East, Africa and Asia have entered Finland and...

The United Nations human rights agency has condemned the official response to sexual assault victims on Nauru and says a pregnant refugee who says she was raped should urgently receive an abortion if she wants one. A 23-year-old Somali woman who goes by the pseudonym Abyan has alleged a rape at Nauru 15 weeks ago left her pregnant. She is seeking a termination.   The...

The ICRC has been visiting people in places of detention in Somalia since 2012. Those visits – made to ensure that detainees benefit from humane and dignified treatment – are carried out in prisons, police stations and state security agencies. The ICRC works to support the unique needs of detainees, their families and the authorities responsible for places of detention....

Ensure Oversight; End Chaining, Involuntary Treatment People with mental health conditions in Somaliland are increasingly forced into institutions, where they face serious abuses and poor conditions. The Somaliland authorities should provide oversight for all mental health facilities, prohibit chaining, and establish voluntary community-based services for people with mental...

Investigate Ugandan Troops for Shooting of 6 (Nairobi, August 14, 2015) – African Union (AU) forces in Somalia (AMISOM) should impartially investigate the killing by alleged Ugandan army troops of six men at a wedding on July 31, 2015, in the Somali port town of Merka, Human Rights Watch said today. The investigation should be carried out with maximum protection for...

PRESS RELEASE The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has noted with serious concern allegations relating to civilian deaths, made against its troops in Marka, Lower Shabelle Region. In the past two weeks, AMISOM has intensified operations in Lower Shabelle as part of the general offensive being conducted across South Central Somalia. During the same period, our...