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Somalia stoning: A story that left me reeling in shock and sadness

Fri, 2008-11-07 19:29 by admin

03 November 2008 at 16:23 by Yule E

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Although I work on human rights issues every day at Amnesty, there are some cases which leave me with pure sadness. And this latest story from Somalia is one such incident.

You may have seen reports last week that a woman was stoned to death for committing adultery in Somalia—the first such execution for two years.

Millions at risk in Somalia as attacks on aid workers escalate

Fri, 2008-11-07 19:18 by admin
Somali children whose families fled Mogadishu protest against the killings of aid workers

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An escalation of attacks on aid workers and human rights defenders in southern and central Somalia is putting at least 3 million Somalis at even greater risk of malnutrition and disease. Many organizations have suspended programmes and withdrawn staff.

Navy commander admits: no rules on Somalia pirates

Wed, 2008-10-22 18:41 by admin

Tue 21 Oct 2008, 12:52 GMT

Text by Luke Baker

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LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The commander of a NATO task force on its way to tackle piracy off the coast of Somalia has said he still does not know what the rules are for taking on the high-seas bandits.

U.S. Admiral Mark Fitzgerald said while he was aware of where the pirates were operating, there was little he could do militarily to stop them and that guidelines on how to take them on -- including whether to shoot -- were still in the works.

Somalia: Pirates to face heavy military reprisals

Thu, 2008-10-09 15:40 by admin

The East African (Nairobi)
5 October 2008
Posted to the web 6 October 2008

Nairobi

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Related article: New Somalia piracy resolution adopted at UN

When Somali pirates hijacked the MV Faina, they probably didn't know about its deadly cargo of 33 T-72 tanks, rocket launchers, rifles and heavy weapons allegedly destined for Kenya's military.

Wiped out in SA

Sun, 2008-10-05 17:35 by admin

Mail & Guardian online
Pearlie Joubert | Cape Town, South Africa - Oct 05 2008

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A Somali mother and her three children were killed in their shop in Tambo village near Queenstown last week. This was barely a month after they decided to leave a Cape Town refugee camp and reintegrate themselves into the community.

Somali pirates want $20M ship ransom; crewman dies

Sun, 2008-09-28 21:05 by admin
In this picture released by U.S. Navy, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, Somali pirates in small boats are seen alongside the hijacked 'Faina'.

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN, Associated Press Writer

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MOGADISHU, Somalia—As a heavily armed U.S. destroyer patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead Sunday, a Somali pirate spokesman told The Associated Press his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.

Somali Pirates Issue Warning to Europeans

Mon, 2008-09-22 21:58 by admin

Sky News
Somali Pirates Issue Warning to Europeans
Voice of America -
By Alisha Ryu
Somali pirates, who have been relentlessly attacking ships this year off the coast of Somalia, say they will kill any European they capture if ...

Military can't guarantee safety off Somalia: US Navy Reuters South Africa
Pirates attack second Greek ship near Somalia in five days The Sun Daily
Pirates hijack another Greek carrier off Somalia The Associated Press
Xinhua - United Press International
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Witnesses: Fighting in Somali capital kills 30

Mon, 2008-09-22 21:43 by admin
A Somali man assists a critically wounded man, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, a victim of a mortar attack on the Bakara market in Mogadishu. Mortars slammed into a market in Somalia's capital Monday, killing up to 30 people and overwhelming hospitals ...

from The Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia September 22, 2008, 12:52 pm ET

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EU mulling military action to tackle Somalia pirates

Tue, 2008-09-16 21:26 by admin
A Somali gunman carries a long-range rifle to target pirates near Merca in 2005

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BRUSSELS (AFP) — European foreign ministers on Monday agreed to set up a "coordination unit" to help tackle the growing problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia, with the possibility of an EU naval mission in future.

"The resources of piracy have developed horrendously," said Bernard Kouchner, foreign minister of France which holds the EU's rotating presidency, speaking of very mobile, hi-tech operations involving small and large boats.

Sharp increase in number of refugees entering Kenya

Sun, 2008-08-31 19:56 by admin

More than 25,000 Somali Refugees Fled Kenya Since Beginning of 2008

Instability in southern Somalia has led to a sharp increase in the number of refugees entering Kenya.

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At least 25,000 Somali refugees have arrived in Kenya since the beginning of the year to join 130,000 others living in refugee camps since 1991 in the arid Dadaab area in the northeastern province, said officials.