Ending impunity in Somalia
- By: Hon:Sharma'arke Mohamed Hashi Gaani (MP)
Dear Readers of Somalitalk,
time the International Community must focus on ending impunity in Somalia,where
warlords have committed gross human rights abuses against civilians for close to
As a Somali member of Transitional Federal Parliament living in Somalia,I
fully support the words that come out His Excellency Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah,
U.N special representative for Somalia.
Mr Ahmedou said that the International Community must focus on ending
impunity in Somalia. That is the key ingrediuam in my view missing from the
Security Council Resolution.
I fully agree with him.
On the other hand, I would like to inform you that from Somalis all walks of
life who were victims under the hands of these Somali Warlords ask why the
International Community especially the Security Council don't mention ending
impunity in Somalia?
I believe that unless it is addressed by the Security Council then there's no
possibility of a return to peace and stability or return to normal economy or
the normal delivery of humanitarian assistance in Somalia.
The Security Council mentioned that the protection of civilians and
Humanitarian relief efforts were placed front and centre,while member states
were urged to help guard merchant shipping from Pirates off the Somali
Coast,especially vessels carrying vital U.N Food Aid. But I would like to
highlight to you that the Security Council made no reference of targeting
Warlords and other Somali-some serving in the Somali government and other allied
to the Insurgency who have made life a misery for most Somalis since late former
president Mohamed Said Barre who was overthrown in 1991. These Warlords and
other above statements are largely behind the Piracy activities in the coastal
waters of Somalia.
Furthermore,"the Security Council stated the need to protect,but they don't
say from whom or for how long this has taken place"
I think the International Community are not paying enough attention to
Somalia, I believe there is no political will to confront the real issue which
is ending impunity in Somalia.
The U.N. Refugee agency says this:the conflict of Somalia is the world most
pressing Humanitarian crisis-even worse than that in Darfur.
To give you an example, The International Prosecutors working on criminal
cases in other African Nations like Liberia and Uganda. I could not understand
why no one was being blamed for Somalia's woes in the last two decades?
I wish to reiterate to you that the Security Council is closing it's eyes
when it comes on this issue. However, Some Somalis I talk to are convinced that
the Security Council is discriminating Somalia against other Hot Spot in the
The Security Council has no political will to act when it comes to Somalia.
I also would like to inform you that U.N. Secretary -General Ban Ki-Moon have
reported to the Security Council on March 20th,2008 on finding of two technical
team he sent to Somalia and neighbouring States. Council members will then
debate whether to act or repeated appeals for U.N. peacekeepers by the interim
government and the A.U. I do understand both Ban and 15-Nation Council have been
wary of sending U.N. Troops to the Horn Africa state,where insurgence finance by
Eritrea ,some Arab states,and some Europeans have stepped up a campaign of
assassinations,mortar and grenade attacks and Iraqi style roadside bombings.
I personally feel the calls for outside intervention have revived bitter
memories of the killing of U.S.soldiers during the " the Black-Hawk Down" battle
of 1993 which marked the beginning of the end of a join U.S-U.N. peacekeeping
It is time for the U.N. Security Council shun the memories of Black Hawk Down
and to spearhead a fresh and vigorous policy towards Somalia in order to win the
hearts and mines of Somali people as it was done in the early 1990s during the
operation "Restore Hope."
Hon:Sharma'arke Mohamed Hashi Gaani (MP) for the State of Galgaduud,Somalia
Member of the Committee on Finance (TFP)
Secretary of the Committee on Finance (TFP
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Faafin: SomaliTalk.com | May 13, 2008