December 8, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Somalia's parliament on Saturday reported a vote of no confidence in Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. Ahmed began his term in December 2013. The 153 votes requesting his resignation came in response to the tension between Ahmed and current Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution renewing its international call to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, resolution 2184 (2014) calls on all able states to provide military forces to repress piracy in the region. ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab). The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been sexually exploiting and assaulting Somali women, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The abuses have allegedly occurred on two AMISOM military bases in the Somalian city of Mogadishu. According to the report, Ugandan and ...[read more]
August 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A Somali police official on Monday reported that security forces arrested Somali pirate Mohamed Garfanji. Garfanji, second-in-command of Somalia's pirate industry, was arrested on Sunday for possessing illegal arms and other charges related to piracy. The Somali government implemented an ongoing ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku announced on Wednesday that Kenya deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of other undocumented immigrants in response to a series of attacks committed by Somali Militants since 2011. Since the crackdown, almost 4,000 have been arrested, nearly 500 ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The UN recommended the moratorium citing its concern over judicial processes after a man was executed nine days after he allegedly ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Somali government on Thursday to adopt reforms to help prevent sexual violence against women and provide support for victims. HRW released a report, "Here, Rape is Normal" , with instructions for the government to establish a strategy to reduce sexual violence ...[read more]
January 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The trial of four individuals accused of aiding the terrorists who perpetrated the September attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, commenced Wednesday. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 62 people died and 175 were injured. ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Mohamed Ali Samantar, former Somali prime minister, who was ordered to pay Somali torture victims $21 million in 2012. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had upheld the district court's dismissal of Samantar's claim that, as a ...[read more]

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