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Revealed: Abuses of the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa

Issue 276
Front Page

Unknown airplanes circle over Hargeysa and Burao

EU: Presidency Ponders Special Envoy To War-Torn Somalia

Somalia asked us to save them from this brutal sub-clan

US Ethiopia Human Rights Africa
Revealed: Abuses of the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa

Only Somaliland Has An Identifiable National Armed Force

Ethiopian Army Kills Thousands In Somalia

Puntland approves controversial livestock export deal

Adal: History Of Islamic State Of Eastern Africa

The flawed Chatham House Report on Somalia

Regional Affairs

French Palace Denies Djibouti Crime Investigators

Human Rights Rapporteurs Denounce Deadly Conflict In Mogadishu

Special Report

International News

Somalia: The Other (Hidden) War for Oil

Somali Held By CIA Denies Al-Qaida Link

Bush and the Generals

Global Terrorist Threat Seen Undergoing Change

German Foreign Policy On Somalia

Inside Africa's Guantanamo


Fear Factor: Press Plays 9/11 Card to Justify Somalia Slaughter

The Global Citizen Project

The Answer is Worse than the Problem

The Pentagon’s New Africa Command

''Somalia Falls into Political Collapse''

Time Foreign Forces Quit Somalia

Food for thought


Response to Berhanu Kebede

Borama Mayor should do something about the poor hygiene of the city!

Human Rights Violation

Somaliland Is Hargeisa Only And Hargeisa Is Somaliland

"War On Terror:" A Misleading Rhetoric For Ethiopia's Domination On Somalia

It is not yet a defeated fact

Women And Political Power

4 May 2007

Cageprisoner's report, Inside Africa's War on Terror, released today reveals the extent of detentions that have been taking place in the Horn of Africa.

The rendition of detainees between Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia already exposed through the work of human rights organizations has only served to show part of the problem that is taking place in the region.

Cageprisoners, a human rights organization that exists to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror, is "alarmed by Guantánamo-style prisons being set up and utilized in the Horn of Africa after documenting a series of abductions in which men, women and even children were unlawfully detained. The seizure of civilians, the usage of converted metal shipping containers as holding cells and summary court hearings used to charge those rendered to Ethiopia as 'illegal combatants' bears particular resonance with the notorious 'processes' established and practiced in Guantánamo Bay."

What is particularly harrowing about these detentions though, is the extent to which there has been foreign involvement in the detention and interrogation process, but further in the torture that has taken place. Released detainee, Safia Benaouda states, "...the torture was clearly being planned and orchestrated by the Americans or other western interrogators, as it was only them who were doing any of the interrogations. It was only westerners who were interrogating me while I was in Ethiopia and according to all the info I got from others who were interrogated, it was only westerners interrogating them too, never Ethiopians.

Any semblance of international humanitarian law and human rights law has been refused to those that have been detained and again the "War on Terror" has placed detention without due process above protecting the rights of men, women and children.

The full report can be read here (.PDF file).

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