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Somalia Focus

The life of migrants in Malta who are not granted asylum is “zero” and they have to put their dreams on hold, according to a Somali woman who fled forced marriage and war. They can’t apply for a job, open a bank account or even get married. “If you don’t have asylum, your life here is zero: you don’t have a status and you have to survive in a container. If...

By: Mohamed Ali Farah After 1991, Somali central government was collapsed by militia based on clan system, due to heavy fighting among Somali clans which resulted killing more than thousands of innocent people as well as disabling other thousands of civilians due to blast injuries related and gun shots. Also, more than one million Somalis have fled and seek refuge around...

Tristan McConnell ON a good day, Salat Ahmed and his pregnant wife Sadiyo make two dollars selling kilogram bundles of khat, a leafy green herb that is mildly narcotic when chewed. They run their business from a corrugated tin shack beside an extravagantly cratered dirt road in Ifo, one of five camps that together form the world’s largest refugee settlement, Dadaab...

By Maria Burnett (HRW) Yesterday, United States Secretary of State John Kerry made an unprecedented move for someone serving in his position – he spent three hours in Mogadishu, Somalia. Unfortunately, despite goodwill and an important meeting with some civil society leaders, he missed a critical opportunity to publicly press the government for the kinds of reforms...

State authorities in Somalia must ensure swift, thorough and lawful investigations into a spate of recent attacks on journalists, and rescind a recent government order that undermines freedom of expression, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in a statement released today. Daud Ali Omar, a journalist for Radio Baidoa, and his wife were shot...

Augmented Search and Rescue, but Focus Still on Preventing Departure(Brussels, April 23, 2015) – The commitment by European Union heads of state to triple the capacity of Frontex operations in the Mediterranean is an important step towards preventing migrant deaths at sea, Human Rights Watch said today. But the EU, at its extraordinary summit meeting on April 23, 2015,...

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, The President Somali’s federal government has denounced on Wednesday that the heinous acts of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL), killing more than 20 Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday 19 April. “The Federal Government of Somalia denounces this barbaric act. This is an act of horrific criminality; it is nothing but thuggery dressed up...

(Nairobi, April 22, 2015) – Somaliland authorities on April 18, 2015, detained a prominent human rights activist, apparently for criticizing the government’s execution of six prisoners, Human Rights Watch said today. Police arrested Guleid Ahmed Jama after he made statements on the radio denouncing the executions, the first in Somaliland in nearly a decade. The authorities...

Response of Kenyan Security Forces Should Protect Rights  The abominable attack on Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya requires a measured response by Kenyan security forces to bring to justice those responsible and prevent further attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 170 have been confirmed dead and 80 injured in the attack on April 2, 2015.“This...

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, condemns the terrorist attack in Mogadishu city on 27 March that took the life of Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail ‘Bari Bari’, the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the UN in Geneva, and resulted in the death and injury of many...