[dehai-news] (Human Rights Watch) Shell-Shocked - Civilians Under Siege in Mogadishu


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From: Tsegai Emmanuel (emmanuelt40@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Dec 07 2008 - 15:47:26 EST


 For Full Repoert go to the link below:
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2007/08/12/shell-shocked?print II. Key
Recommendations To the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG)

   - Immediately issue clear public orders to all TFG security forces to
   cease attacks on and mistreatment of civilians and looting of civilian
   property, and ensure that detainees have access to family members, legal
   counsel, and adequate medical care while in detention.

   - Ensure humanitarian assistance to all civilians in need, including by
   facilitating the access of humanitarian agencies to all displaced persons in
   and around Mogadishu.

   - Investigate allegations of abuses by TFG forces and hold accountable
   the members of the TFG forces, whatever their rank, who have been implicated
   in abuses.

   - Take all necessary steps to build a competent, independent, and
   impartial judiciary that can provide trials that meet international fair
   trial standards. Abolish the death penalty as an inherently cruel form of
   punishment.

   - Invite the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human
   Rights (OHCHR) to increase the number of staff monitoring and reporting on
   human rights abuses in Somalia and request technical support for the
   judiciary and the establishment of an independent national human rights
   commission.

To the groups comprising the insurgency

   - Cease all attacks on civilians and civilian objects, including
   government officials and employees not directly participating in the
   hostilities. Cease all attacks that cause indiscriminate or
   disproportionate harm to civilians or civilian objects, including attacks
   in crowded civilian areas, such as busy roads, village or city streets,
   markets, or other public gathering places.

   - Avoid locating, to the extent feasible, insurgent forces within or near
   densely populated areas, and where possible remove civilians from the
   vicinity of such forces. Avoid using populated areas to launch attacks and
   cease threatening civilians who protest the use of their neighborhoods as
   launching sites. Never purposefully use civilians to shield insurgent
   forces from attack.

   - Publicly commit to abide by international humanitarian law, including
   prohibitions against targeting civilians, using indiscriminate and
   disproportionate attacks, and using civilians as "human shields."

To the government of Ethiopia

   - Cease all attacks that deliberately target civilians and cease using
   means and methods of combat that cannot discriminate between civilians and
   military objectives. Civilian objects such as schools, hospitals, and homes
   must not be attacked unless currently being used for military purposes.

   - Cease all indiscriminate attacks and attacks in which the expected
   civilian harm is excessive compared to the concrete and direct military gain
   anticipated. In particular, cease the use of area bombardments of populated
   areas of Mogadishu.

   - Issue clear public orders to all forces that they must uphold
   fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and provide clear
   guidelines and training to all commanders and fighters to ensure compliance
   with international humanitarian law.

   - Investigate and discipline or prosecute as appropriate military
   personnel, regardless of rank, who are responsible for serious violations of
   international humanitarian law including those who may be held accountable
   as a matter of command responsibility.

To the European Union and its member states, the European Commission, the
United Nations Security Council, the African Union, the Arab League , and
the government of the United States

   - Publicly condemn the serious abuses of international human rights and
   humanitarian law committed by all parties to the conflict in Mogadishu in
   2007, and call on the Ethiopian government and the Transitional Federal
   Government of Somalia to take all necessary steps, including public action,
   to ensure that their forces cease abuses against civilians.

   - Support measures to promote accountability and end impunity for serious
   crimes in Somalia, including through the establishment of an independent
   United Nations panel of experts to investigate and map serious crimes and
   recommend further measures to improve accountability.

   - Publicly promote and financially support civil society efforts to
   provide humanitarian assistance, services such as education, monitoring of
   the human rights situation, and efforts to promote national solidarity.
   Promote and support TFG efforts to improve the functioning of the
   judicial system and to establish a national human rights commission. Provide
   voluntary contributions to support an expanded OHCHR field operation in
   Somalia.

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