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AI report on Somalia: Attacks on aid workers and rights defenders

Amnistía Internacional publicou antonte un informe sobre Somalia, centrado nos asasinatos de traballadores humanitarios. O informe leva por título “Fatal Insecurity: Attacks on aid workers and rights defenders in Somalia”. Copio un extracto da súa introducción:

An escalating wave of attacks on humanitarian workers, peace activists and human rights defenders has been sweeping southern and central Somalia. At least 40 Somali human rights defenders and humanitarian workers were killed between 1 January and 10 September 2008 alone.

Amnesty International has investigated 46 cases in which humanitarian workers and members of Somali civil society organizations were reported to have been killed in 2008. Some were killed in robberies or kidnappings that went wrong, and in at least three cases the victims were bystanders, rather than direct targets of the violence. However, the majority were victims of targeted killings. The information in this report has been drawn from a number of different confidential sources. Some humanitarian organizations were unable to comment on attacks to Amnesty International for fear of provoking further attacks.

As a result of these attacks, a number of humanitarian and civil society organizations have been forced to suspend programmes and withdraw staff even though they are in the middle of a humanitarian emergency. Many Mogadishu-based human rights defenders and other civil society members have this year been forced to flee Somalia for the first time since the end of the government of former President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. […]

The fall-out of this violence targeting humanitarian workers and Somali civil society has been the further deterioration of human rights and humanitarian conditions for the majority of the population of southern and central Somalia. The restrictions on the freedom of humanitarian agencies to deliver emergency humanitarian services – food, shelter and essential medical services – form one of the leading factors contributing to widespread malnutrition and death from starvation or preventable diseases throughout the area. […]

Those who command and execute the targeting of humanitarian workers and members of civil society are partially responsible for creating this humanitarian crisis. Whether they are opposition armed groups, Transitional Federal Government (TFG) militias, or criminal gangs, they must be held to account. […]


8 Novembro 2008 - Posted by | Amnesty International, Human Rights, Politics, Somalia

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