Somalia: Stop War Crimes in Mogadishu

 

(New York) – The scale and severity of the crimes during the intense fighting in Somalia in recent months demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. A recent Human Rights Watch investigation found that all of the parties to the armed conflict have been responsible for indiscriminate attacks on civilians since May 2010. Some of these attacks may amount to war crimes.

The intense fighting in Mogadishu, the capital, between the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab and the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union peacekeepers over the past eight months has killed and wounded thousands of civilians and forced all but the poorest residents to flee the capital.

“The world has for too long ignored the appalling cost to civilians of the fighting in Mogadishu,” said Rona Peligal, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “An international commission of inquiry is urgently needed to investigate war crimes committed in Somalia by all sides.”

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/02/14/somalia-stop-war-crimes-mogadishu

 

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