Sunday, August 31, 2008
Now, in the wake of an aggressive U.S. counterterrorism program that has alienated many Somalis, there are signs al-Qaida might have its best chance in years to win over Islamic hard-liners in the Horn of Africa nation.
After once denying or downplaying links to the terrorist network, a senior leader of Somalia's most notorious Islamic militia now acknowledges MORE http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_10343148?source=rss
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Pirate Ransom Helped Somalia Islamist Militants Seize Port
We somalia american and the world should work with responsible somalia clan ... in fighting terror. It's a real concern of ours - terror taking root in the Horn of Africa. We don't want to see another safe haven for terrorists created. Our interest is purely in seeing Somalia achieve a better day."
When the US put al-Shabaab on its list of terrorist organisations it was a source of celebration for them. Sheikh Muktar Robow, an al-Shabaab leader, welcomed US action against his followers.
"Al-Shabaab feels honoured to be included on the list. We are good Muslims and the Americans are infidels. We are on the right path," he told Al Jazeera.
It is unfortunate that the internationally accredited BBC is still accommodating a Somali Warlord and permitted him to use the only source of information and news of the Somali people, for his sinister and criminal advocating propaganda internationally. Yusuf Garad is a Somali Warlord who is to be removed like all others were disgracefully chased away from their strong forts.
Yusuf Garad is using a distant fort called BBC Bush House, where he devours irrationally all news that doesn’t match his wishes. He immorally disregards all information and news that does not serve his purpose, which is clannish in one time, hate propagating and supporting certain factions against others on the other hand. Last year during the time when the extremist Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) controlled many regions of Somalia including the Mogadishu, the capital city; Yusuf Garad blatantly sided with his uncle Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys who was the Head of the Shura of UIC. He over publicized the UIC out of proportion.
Yusuf Garad deliberately publicizes all negative propaganda against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and its efforts to bring about a peaceful reconciliation. The reason is simple and clannish; because Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed is from a different clan. Similarly, Yusuf Garad undermined and diluted almost all the positive and reconcilable endeavors of the TFG. He shamefully calls and holds international telephone conferences, by inviting, from around the world, certain elements of the Somali society who share his morbid opinion and casts through the BBC Somali service. He uses the BBC Somali service as a vehicle and tool to proliferate his religious and political believes.
Friday, August 29, 2008
While Somalia's president and prime minister have been negotiating about how to work together, the al shabaab has been mobilising.On Friday, more and more fighters come to the key southern port city of Kismayo, Al Jazeera gained exclusive access to Kismayo. Rosie Garthwaite has our report.
Video: Fighters 'capture Kismayo'
more.. al sbabaab Terrorist terrorist city of kismayo Commander terrorist Maxamed Mire >>Enter Here >> Halkaan Riix
Bare Adan shire an interview with bbc Wareysiga Hiiraale somalia today.talk about . Why have they left Kismayo in the hands of al shabaab he said .Mareehan Tribe, most peace loving people in somalia, who also supported the TFG government, He said was totaly un prepared. the threat that Al-Shabaab poses, he also talk a bout how TFG government neglect the (Jubbaland) region of Somali http://marehansade.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html he confirmed the died of 18 mareehan ARMY and 27 Wounded ,"Al-Shabaab is a violent and brutal extremist group with a number of individuals affiliated with Al-Qaeda," it said in a statement."Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan," BARE ADEN SHIRE (HIIRAALE) conform newly training ONLF terrorist fighters . Fight Alongside with al shabaab. he said we will stand up to protect the citizens OF JUBBALAND from al shabaab and Onlf . They are a gang," he said. "They are terrorists and thieves." mareehan Army will lead the revolution ...HE SAID MAREHAAN ARMY will come and liberatede the city from the hands Terrorist . we will attack and destroy the terrorist’s ,The city was completely held hostage in the hands af trerrorist.. in an interview bbc somalia..My Wife and Kids Our family living in the city .will be back, God Willing.
Col Barre Adan Shire (Hirale) who was d holding talks with elders and the administration of Garbaharey, the capital of Gedo Region.
Barre Hirale, who arrived with his militiamen in Garbaharey 0n 8-28-2008 , has been holding various meetings since yesterday with the elders and the administration of the area on the fighting in Kismayo and the current situation there.
MP Barre Hiiraale now in Dolow District in Ethiopia where he will meet Ethiopian and Kenyan officials. ask for military assistance from the Ethiopian goverment .Meanwhile, the first deputy governor of Gedo Region, Muhammad Abdi Kalil, told that they support Barre Hiiraale's efforts to recapture Kismayo city from al-shaabaab.
Somalia has been at war since 1991, when hawiye clan (USC) Somaliland EEDOOR clan (SNM)ogaden clan (ONLF) militias rebalance tha somalia government Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration . then fought for power among themselves. hawiye Warlordism, terrorism (al shabaa)Terrorist (ONLF)Terrorist (TRIBILISM) Replaces the somali government.
Oct 3, 1993: 18 American Rangers killed and 75 wounded in battle with USC/sna – (SNA: Somali national alliance) hawiye militia . Terrorist mohamed Farah Aideed hawiye warlord .
In its 149th meeting held on Aug. 28, 2008, the Council received a briefing from the Director of the African Centre for Study and Research on Terrorism, (ACSRT) on the AU and UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The Council stressed the importance to fight against terrorism of fully implementing all continental and international counter-terrorism instruments.
The Council called on Member States that have not yet done so, to expedite the ratification of the OAU Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism and its Protocol.
The Council has requested the Commission to expedite the development of the African Anti-Terrorism Model Law, which would provide a ready-made technical assistance to Member states with a view to enabling them, to harmonize efforts and legal frameworks at the national, regional and continental levels, for the prevention and combating of terrorism in Africa.
It has also requested the ACSRT to intensify its activities and to identify training and equipment projects that would enhance domestic capacities of Member States that have not yet developed the requisite capability.
Success in fight against terrorism, cross border crime calls for cooperation among nations: President
Addressing the 8th Annual Meeting of Eastern Africa Police Chiefs and Ministers Responsible Police Matters, the president said on Friday cross boarder crime is a global problem that poses a threat to democracy and rule of law. Terrorism is threatening the common safety and peace of the international community. Accordingly, he said, law enforcement agencies need to synchronize efforts to combat terrorism. The changing environment of policing, particularly the new realities of cross boarder crime requires nations to accelerate the development of the sub-region and share intelligence. Prime Minister’s National Security Affairs Advisor with a Rank of a Minister, Abay Tsehaye on his part said curbing cross border crime calls for coordinated efforts among nations. Ethiopia is elected as Chairman of the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO). EAPCCO, established in Kampala, Uganda nine years ago, comprises 11 member states namely; Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Seashells, and the Sudan.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Yusuf and his Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein signed a deal in neighbouring Ethiopia this week, ending a feud that began when Hussein sacked Mogadishu's powerful mayor, a key Yusuf ally. more ..http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN852708.html
Islamists vow to retake Somalia
Ethiopia winning rebel fight
Speaking to the Financial Times, Meles said Ethiopia was "not joined at the hip" with Somalia, and added that a stronger and more effective Somali government was "not necessarily a precondition for our withdrawal".
The Ethiopian prime minister insisted, however, that Ethiopia would do all it could to help stabilise Somalia’s interim government "Our obligation towards peace in Somalia is only one aspect," Meles said. more.http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=832088
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Financial Times: The president and the prime minister of Somalia are here in Addis Ababa and have been here for the last few days. There’s been a lot of talk about a rift between the two of them. I wonder if you could give me your perspective on that and what affect it is having on the situation in Somalia? more http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bec150c2-738d-11dd-8a66-0000779fd18c.html
The food situation in southern Somalia is getting worse, as is the security situation for foreign aid workers. While both the TNG and ICU realizes the need for foreign aid to keep their supporters alive, there are many "fringe groups" (as both the TNG and ICU describes them) who attack and plunder the foreign aid operations anyway. Many of these fringe guys are just bandits, out to score any way they can, and not caring about the consequences. But some of the ICU fringers buy into the al Qaeda belief that foreign aid, at least from infidel (non-Moslem) is a corrupting influence that must be eliminated. Nearly all the food and medical aid comes from Western nations, with most of the food supplied by the United States. more..http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20080827.aspx
Is Kenya becoming a terrorist haven? That is the question on the lips of international security agents following last week's failure by the Kenyan police to capture Fazul Abdullah, an al-Qaida-linked terrorist who was said to be holed up in a house in the port city of Mombasa.Fazul, a Comoran, is the mastermind behind the Aug. 7, 1998, twin bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in which more than 300 lives were lost and over 5,000 people severely wounded. He is also linked to the Nov. 28, 2002, bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya's coastal town of Kilifi, besides an attempt to bring down an Israeli airliner full of Israeli tourists. more..http://english.ohmynews.com/ArticleView/article_view.asp?menu=A11100&no=383517&rel_no=1&back_url=
However, an organization has been flooding DNC delegates and Denver with copies of the video "Obsession" because members believe the threat to the U.S. is being dismissed or minimized, and the results – like those of Sept. 11, 2001 – could be catastrophic.
"The reaction has been everything from people who are upset with us and call us Islamophobes to a gay, Jewish delegate who's seen 'Obsession' and told us the Democrats aren't taking radical Islamic fundamentalists seriously," said Karen England, a spokeswoman for the group promoting the Watch Obsession website. more..http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=73492
"Hassan Mohammed Ali, the head of UNHCR, was freed on Wednesday afternoon," a U.N. staff member told Reuters. "He was kidnapped on June 21 and held until today when he was released unconditionally. He is in perfect health."
Abductions are common in the lawless Horn of Africa nation, where an interim government and its Ethiopian military allies have been battling Islamist insurgents since the start of last year.
A Canadian freelance journalist and an Australian freelance photojournalist were kidnapped on Saturday in the same area where Ali was seized, in Elasha, southwest of the capital. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Ibrahim Mohammed; Writing by Wangui Kanina)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Now, in the wake of an aggressive U.S. counterterrorism program that has alienated many Somalis, there are signs that al-Qaida might have its best chance in years to win over Islamic hard-liners.
A senior leader of Somalia's most notorious Islamic militia now acknowledges that his group has long-standing ties to al-Qaida and says he is seeking to forge a closer relationship. more..http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/world/5967680.html
'For many years, piracy was simply robbery, but now it has changed,' Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. more..http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1427017.php/Hefty_ransom_payments_feeding_surge_in_Somali_piracy__News_Feature_
This is the story of a man who was a potential victim to the Al Shabab. Mr. Farah was a local man of Mogadishu. He had lost his son and was in desperate search to find him. Farah had visited a local police station and asked the policemen if they had seen his son. The police told him they did not, but would let him know if they got information. Farah left the police station with a tiny hope that his son would be found. A few days passed and no word had come from the police. Farah decided to visit several other police stations in the city. All the police stations told him they had no information about the missing boy, but when they did find out they would let him know. Unknown to Mr. Farah, Al Shabab had been monitoring his visits to the police stations for several days. They believed he was affiliated with the government and he was giving them secret information. With that in mind, they decided to eliminate him. He was marked for death that was to be carried out during Farah’s attendance for a prayer in the local mosque.
Four Alshabab gunmen armed with pistols were given orders to kill Farah. Two of them were in the Mosque with Farah, while the other two waited outside in case he wasn’t killed in the Mosque. Right after the prayer, Farah asked the Imam if he could make a public announcement about his missing son. He stood in front of the congregation and explained he had been searching for his son for several weeks. He went into detail about visiting several police stations in the city and asked everyone to help him find his son. Upon hearing this, the would-be killers realized that Farah was a desperate father looking for his missing son. They discovered that the mission to kill him was flawed. The gunmen had a change of heart and cautioned themselves from carrying the order they were given. After Farah completed his announcement, the two armed men in the mosque approached him and told him they had orders to shoot him that day because they assumed he had been working for the government. The hit men had to contact their commander to explain the situation so that they can spare his life. It took a bit of time to get a word back from their boss. Finally, Farah was free to go.
This story illustrates the true face of the so-called Alshabab which distorted the message of Islam as a religion of peace. These people defamed our religion and portrayed Islam incorrectly. The time has come to recuperate our understanding of the changes in our society and also in the misrepresentations of our religion. Whether it is a splinter group of Alshabab, or other unknown groups, the killing of innocent civilians must stop. It is unacceptable to hold people’s lives to such a low standard. These killings are criminal acts that only further exacerbate the hope for peace and reconciliation. Somalia is under siege. We have watched for more than eighteen years as different factions sought to dismantle our country and now our faith. We need to stand up and reclaim Somalia not only for our generation, but also for the coming generations.
Abdulkadir K. Dirie High School Science Teacher Toronto, Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both men have been locked in crisis talks for days with officials in neighbouring Ethiopia.
"We hope the agreement will end the differences between the Somali leaders," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said after the pair signed the deal in Addis Ababa. more..http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN636973.html
Armed militias led by Somali MP Barre Aden Shire aka Hirale have instigated new rounds of armed maneuvers in Bardhere town the provincial capital of Gedo region and the nearby undulating areas residents in the town said on Tuesday. more http://allafrica.com/stories/200808260219.html
The respected U.S. magazine, Foreign Policy, gives Somalia top ranking on a list of "failed states."more,http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/08/25/f-somalia-analyze.html
Monday, August 25, 2008
The last UN peacekeeping force in Somalia included American troops who arrived in 1992 and tried to arrest warlords and create a government.The US involvement ended in October 1993, when hawiye Clan USC Terrorist now ICU\al shabaab Terrorist shot down a US Army Black Hawk helicopter during a battle that killed 18 American soldiers.Since then, Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's fragile transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and much of the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards.
This is the Olympic story we never heard more..http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/track_field/news?slug=cr-somalirunners082408&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Yaa ubaneeyay Al-shabaab in ay Weerar ku qaadaan Dad Muslimiin ah? Al-shabaab Waxaay Sheegteen Kismaayo in Islaamku Qabsaday, ma Gaalo ayaa awal joogt
hadba intuu jiray Ururka Alshaab waxuu geysta Xasuuqyo aad ubadan oo uu kula kacay qayba kamid ah Buslshada Soomaaliyed oo ay ogu horeeyan Dad aan waxba galabsan (dad rayid ah ) iyo Dhlinyaro ay kuqabteen dagoolo (maxabiis) kuwaas oo dil kooda lagu fuliyay Duruufa aan ku haboonayn in qofka dil lagu fuliya Dadkana naxdin badan ku abuurtay Duruufahaas oo ayna ogalayn Diinta islaamka ee ay Alshaab u nisbasheeganayaan.
waxaa kamid ah tii kadhacday Gobalada dhexe iyo Dagaanka Dayniile halkaas oo ay ku gowraceen wiilal yaryar oo ay kuqabqabteen Dagaal (Diig qabow )iyo macana dara iyo qaab ay Culumada kusheegeen Diin laanDadki oo tii layaaban ayaa hadana imaada midaan hadaba Alshaab ma Takfiirbaa oo dadka dhan magaalo ayay uhaystaan? mise waa dhalinyaro aan aqoon macanaha dilka qofka Muslimka ah iyo Maxaabiista dagaalka iyo walibo Qawaaniinta Caalamiga ah?habba Ururka Alshaab waxay layimaaden waxyaba aanan lagu baran SAAXADA soomaliya asal iyo raadna aan ku lahayn Diinta Islaamka oo ayagu inta badan ay ku gabanayaan hadaba waxaa ladhihi karaa Alshaab waxay fulinayaa Ajanda Qarsoon oo ay ogu adeegayan Cadawga kusoo duulay Dalka Somaliya . maxaayeelay Cadowga Iyo Alshabab waxay isku si'u Gumaadan Umada Alshbaab waxy qabtaan way gowracaan cadawgana sidoo kala hadaba maxay kula duwan yihin ?
Yaa kadanbeeyay Xasuuqii kismaayo ?waxaa la orankaraa xasuuqaas waxaa gaystay laba qola. 1: Alshabaab: marka dib loo jaleeco falalka Ururka Alshabab ee ay kudheehan tahya Cadaawada ay uqaban shacabka waxaashaki la aan ah in ay falkas gaysteen xibna katirsan falkaan ayaa ahaa mid lasoo abaabulay ooy isku raacsanayeen nimanka sheegta Madaxta Al-shabaab. oo yagu uhorseeda Shabaabka Gumaadka shacabkooda ogona dhiga waxaan diinta asalku lahayn diin waxaa masuuliyada koobad qaaday Uruada lawareegay Magaalada kismaayo Alshab & Maxkmadaha.iyo dadka lasoo qaldaymarkii la'eega dhamaan waxyaabahaas waxaa ladhihi karaa falkaas waxaaka danbeeyay Al-shaab waxaana amarka bixiyay Hassan turki & Mansuur roobow oo ayagu ah niman kusifoobay sifada Takfiirka .2: kulug lahaansho qabiil waxaa meesha kamarnayn Gacan fulaynimo oo aydu u'aragta in ay guul utahay maxaa biis iyo dhaawac ladilo in ay Guul noqonaysa markii ay meeshaas dhaafin wayday una barbar dhigaan Awooda Beesha SAde kuwaas oo horay ogu dhuumanayay Magaalada kana faa'iidaystay galintaanka Alshabaab maadaama ay kufashilmeen awood kuqabsiga kismaaya ujoodadu ay thay khasaara gaarsiiya Beesa Sade fulinaaya amarada C/laahi yuusuf iyo Afguduud ragaas oo ay kufogaadatay Colaada Beesha Sade ..ayadoo saasthay ayaa masuu liyada koobaad waxay dusha kasaaran tahay labada nin ee kala ah Turki & mansuur .Shabka Somaaliyeed maxaa lagudboon?maxaa lala wadaagi karaan Ururka Alshabaab? kadib markay cadaatay in ay falinaaya Danah Cadawga ayna yihiin Takfiir oo ay banaysteen Dhiiga Dadka muslimiita ah.maxaa yeelay ma ahan marki ogu horaysay oo ay gaysteen Alshabaab Gumaad waxaana xusuusmudan Xasuuqii iyo gawricii ay kulakacen Alshaab dhalinyaridi kasoo jeeday Besha Ree xaaji saleebaan (Habargidir ) iyo kuwii ay kugowr gowraceen Dagmada Dayniile ee Gobolka Banaadir iyo wiilsha yar yar ee ay bostooladaha usoo dhiibaayaan ee ay leeyihiin Dadka soo laaya markaan eegnay Dhamaan Falalkas soo mahaboona in aan Dib ufiirano Ajandaha qarsoon ee Alshaab.sooma haboona in aan ogaana in ay Shacabka la JiahadaayaanMaxaa lagudboon Kuwaku abtirsada Beesha Sade ilama ahan marna in ay raali ka yihiin Gumadka iyo dhaawac tirka Wiilasha hadaba mala oarankaraa Awoodiina waxay kabadin wayda in'aad indhaha ka eegataan waxii halkas kadhacay .hadaba haday arintu saas tahay waxaan kula talin lahaaa dhamaan Dhalinyara Ku abtirsata Beesha Sade in ay joojiyaan wax laqaybsiga Ururka Takfiirka Alshaab .maxaa yeelay Alshab waa Danbiilayaal waxay danbi kagaleen Diinta Islaamka Umada soomaliyeed iyo Xuquuqda bila'aadamka hadaba nin ilaahay Danbi kaglay waxa kudaba dhigay waalayaab!!marka waxaan idinkugu baaqaya inaad kitaabka EEBE dib ogu labataan ood kala ogaatan Driiqa san iyo ka Sawaabka ah Beesha Sade maxaa lagudboon marlabad waxaaan Tacsi udiraa Ehaladii iyo dhaman beesha Sade waxaan umalayn dhibkasto oo dhaca waa wax xisaabsan waxuuna leyahay qaab loo waajaho marka waxaan kula talinaaya Besha Sade in ay samaysa Baaritaan waxaan filaayaa Dadbadan ayaa jooga meesha Xasuuqu kadhacay waaa in lasoo kala cadeeyaa haday kadanbeeyaan Alshab iyo haduu kadanbeeya qabiilba si loola xisabtama gacanku dhiigla yaasha waa in ay besha kuraadisaa xog qaaabkasta iyo wad aksta oo loo mari kara xaqiiqda waxii dhacay ..Mohamed Abdulkadir warsame email@example.com
NAIROBI (Reuters) - An explosion of piracy this month off the coast of Somalia is funding a growing insurgency onshore as the hijackers funnel hefty ransom payments to Islamist rebels, a maritime official said on Sunday.
A record four ships were seized in 48 hours last week off the anarchic Horn of Africa nation, meaning Somali pirates are currently holding hostage four cargo vessels, two tankers and a tug boat, along with about 130 crew members.
The spike in attacks at sea has coincided with a rise in assaults on land by radical al-Shabaab insurgents, including the capture on Friday of Somalia's strategic southern port Kismayu.
The United States say al-Shabaab is a terrorist group with close ties to al Qaeda. Experts say some of the businessmen and warlords who command the pirates are also funding the rebels.
"The entire Somali coastline is now under control of the Islamists," Andrew Mwangura, head of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme, told Reuters in an interview.
"According to our information, the money more..http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSLO00572320080824
"They left us this morning to visit internally displaced camps ... now they are nowhere to be found," said Mohamed Ajos, head of security at the capital's Shamo Hotel, where the pair were staying. "They are believed to have been kidnapped."
A spokesman for Somali opposition hardliners based in Eritrea congratulated the insurgents on seizing Kismayu. "We'll continue our war against militiamen and all troops until we rule the whole country by Islamic law," said Ismail Adow of the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia. "God willing, we shall establish an administration for Kismayu in the coming days," he told Reuters by telephone from Asmara. The artillery and gun battles that broke out on Wednesday around the port were the heaviest in the area for months. Medical workers said at least 140 people had been wounded. Fearful residents said large, unidentified aircraft could be seen flying over the area since then. "We don't know what will happen, but we are scared," said 35-year-old Hussein Ahmed.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The pair, believed to be an Australian man and Canadian woman, were apparently seized during a visit to camps for displaced civilians at Elasha, south of the city.
"We heard that unknown gunmen abducted two foreign journalists, a white man and a white woman," Fatuma Ali, a primary school teacher in Elasha, told Reuters by telephone. more.http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WAL350316.htm
Friday, August 22, 2008
dispatches: Notes from different corners of the'
tank Fund for Peace puts Somalia at the top of its Failed States Index, and the Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranks Somalia as Africa's biggest failure. Emily Meehan recently spent four months in Kenya and Somalia.
Background on U.S. security concerns in Somalia
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Some mortars landed near the compound of President Abdullahi Yusuf, who is currently out of the country. Another landed near a mosque in the busy Bakara market, killing at least six people, a witness told the BBC. At least 3,000 people are reported to have fled the fighting around Kismayo. more.. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7575207.stm
Thousands of Ethiopian troops invaded Somalia at the end of 2006 to reinstall an interim government headed by president Abdullahi Yusuf. But it has a tenuous grip on power and its time in office has been marked by growing insurgency, clan warfare, and the mass displacement of civilians more..http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f14285cc-6f85-11dd-986f-0000779fd18c.html?nclick_check=1
Subject: Subject: Stoning of Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow in Somalia
Dear [Sir / Madam],
We are deeply concerned to learn about the stoning to death of Aisha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, a 13 year old Somali girl who was publically tortured and murdered Monday October 27 2008 in the local square in Kismayu, Somalia.
Accused of adultery, Aisha Ibrahim Dhuhulow was buried up to her neck in front of around 1000 people while stones were hurled at her head. Witnesses to the stoning said the militants, known as al-Shabaab, accused the woman of adultery and extracted a confession. Although all standard interpretations of “sharia” (or, collections of various Muslim laws and their interpretations) dictate that adultery must be proven by four eye witnesses in a court of law, the Somali Concern Group reported that the killing was extra-judicial, and that the woman did not receive a trial.
Stoning is not mentioned anywhere in the Quran and is considered by many respected Muslim scholars to be un-Islamic. Many Muslim nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Tunisia, Algeria and others have banned death by stoning. Despite calls for abolition from around the globe, stoning still occurs in several countries, either under law or by the community.
Members of al-Shabaab apparently publicized the execution, killing the woman in front of hundreds of people at the town square. When a relative and others pushed forward to rescue the victim, guards opened fire, killing a child. Islamist leaders have reportedly apologized for killing the child, but offered no such repentance for the stoning of Dhuhulow.
Stoning is a grave and serious violation of International Human Rights Law. Stoning breeches the International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (1966). Somalia acceded to the convention in 1990.
Article 6 of the ICCPR states that “in countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes”, of which adultery is not.
Article 7 of the ICCPR states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. This last injunction is reinforced in the 1985 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) to which Somalia acceded in 1990.
Although the killing was carried out by non-state insurgents, Article 2 of the CAT states that “each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.”
Somalia is one of the only countries in the world that has not signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We encourage you to use your influence and authority to promote and preserve human rights, peace and security in the region. We urge a prompt and impartial investigation into this grave case. Members of al-Shabaab as well as every individual who took part in the stoning must be brought to justice, and the African Union should take due diligence in taking every possible measure in order to prevent any such violation of women’s human rights from reoccurring.
We thank you for your urgent attention to this matter.
[Your name / your organization]
Representatives of Somalia
The Somali Prime Minister OfficeHE.
African Union HeadquartersP.O. Box 3243, Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area)W21K19, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaFax: +251 11 551 78 44
Social Affairs CommissionerAdv. Bience P. GawanasFax: +251 11 550 49 85
Directorate of Peace and SecurityMr Geofrey MugumyaFax: +251 11-552 58 firstname.lastname@example.org
Directorate of Women, Gender and DevelopmentMrs. Litha Musyimi-OganaFax: +251 11-551 78 email@example.com
United Nations Human Rights Bodies
Ms. Yakin ErturkSpecial Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and ConsequencesOffice of the UN High Commissioner for Human RightsPalais des NationsCH-1211 Geneva 10SwitzerlandFax: +41 22 917 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Somalia: Woman stoned to death for adultery29/10/2008: Somali Islamists have stoned to death a woman accused of adultery, witnesses said, the first such public killing by the militants for about two years. (Independent / Reuters)
The woman was placed in a hole up to her neck for the execution late yesterday in front of hundreds of people in a square in the southern port of Kismayu, which the Islamist insurgents captured in August.
Stones were hurled at her head and she was pulled out three times to see if she was dead, witnesses said. When a relative and others surged forward, guards opened fire, killing a child.
“A woman in green veil and black mask was brought in a car as we waited to watch the merciless act of stoning,” one local resident, Abdullahi Aden, told Reuters.
“We were told she submitted herself to be punished, yet we could see her screaming as she was forcefully bound, legs and hands. A relative of hers ran towards her, but the Islamists opened fire and killed a child.”
The European Union’s presidency condemned the stoning.
“The EU … condemns a particularly vile execution, which the Islamist insurgents who took control of the city deliberately publicised,” it said in a statement.
The Islamists last carried out public executions when they ruled Mogadishu and most of south Somalia for half of 2006. Allied Ethiopian and Somali government forces toppled them at the end of that year, but they have waged an Iraq-style guerrilla campaign since then, gradually taking territory back.
As when they ruled Mogadishu in 2006, the Islamists now controlling the Kismayu area are again providing much-needed security, but also imposing fundamentalist practices such as banning forms of entertainment seen as anti-Islamic.
Relatives of the woman executed in Kismayu, whom they named as Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, were furious.
“The stoning was totally irreligious and illogical,” said her sister, who asked not to be named. “Islam does not execute a woman for adultery unless four witnesses and the man with whom she committed sex are brought forward publicly.”
Islamist leaders at the execution said the woman had broken Islamic law. They promised to punish the guard who had shot the child in the melee around the execution.
“We apologise for killing the child. And we promise we shall bring the one who opened fire before the courts and deal with him accordingly,” one unnamed Islamist leader told the crowd.
28 October 2008
Source: The Independent / Reuters
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Thousands of Africans have been allowed to settle in the United States since 1990 under the family reunification program, which accepts relatives such as parents or children of people who have already been admitted into the United States as refugees, or who were granted asylum.
But recent DNA tests on applicants in seven African countries showed only about 20 percent actually had a family relationship, State Department spokesman Robert Wood said. more..http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20434745.htm
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