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Crackdown in Ethiopia condemned

Issue 285
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UNDP Appraises Its Programs And Projects In Somaliland

Berbera Immigration Officials Block ‘Illegal’ Deportation Of Somaliland Citizen To Yemen

Somaliland Representative Visiting The United Nations

Somaliland Regional Games Tournament Begin 23 July 2007

Somaliland Women 'Nagaad' Umbrella Organization Inaugurates Its 10th Anniversary

Non-Governmental Group Accuses Interim Somali Government Of Harassment

At the UN, Somalia's Gedi Asks for $32 Million, Denies Restricting Opponents' Travel

'It is always necessary to make the N.R.C. political,' says a Somali scholar

Stability in Somalia 'a dream'

Somali elders search for peace

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Gorbachev At The “Global Citizen Project” Exhibition

Somaliland in Accra, Ghana, on the Occasion of the African Union Summit 27 June to 3 July 2007

Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Harnessing Community Power In Somaliland

Blinders On Borders

Martin Meridith’s The State Of Africa: A History Of Fifty Years Of Independence

Crackdown in Ethiopia condemned

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Sack The Somaliland Leaders

UDUB, UCID, and KULMIYE: Are There Any Differences?

Democracy Requires An Informed Citizenry

The Mayor Of Hargeysa—The New Mohammed Dheere Of Somaliland


Ethiopia 's government has been accused of forcing thousands of civilians from their homes in a campaign against separatist rebels in the south-east.

Crackdown in Ethiopia condemned
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

US-based Human Rights Watch says troops had burned homes, seized livestock and carried out arbitrary arrests.

The group also accused the rebels of targeting officials and clan leaders who failed to support its insurgency.

Security was stepped up in April in the remote Somalia region after a deadly rebel raid on a Chinese-run oil field. The ethnic Somali rebels - the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) - have been fighting for secession for the Somali region, also known as the Ogaden, since the 1990s.

Eyewitnesses

"The Ethiopian government appears to be pursuing an illegal strategy of collective punishment of the civilian population, and the ONLF has targeted civilians for attack," Human Rights Watch's Africa director Peter Takirambudde said.

"Whatever the military strategy behind them, these abuses violate the laws of war," his statement continued.

But Bereket Simon, special adviser to Ethiopia's prime minister, denied the accusations.

"The facts on the ground are absolutely different from what they say," AP news agency quotes Mr Bereket as saying.

HRW's Tom Porteous told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that the report was based on evidence collected from people fleeing the region, mainly to neighboring Somaliland.

"Whatever the sympathies of those civilians in the Somali region, it is quite clear under international humanitarian law that targeting these civilians is illegal and acceptable," he said.

"In the long run it's counter-productive; it's likely to lead to an escalation of the conflict rather than a de-escalation of it. This conflict has serious regional implications."

Meanwhile, about 100 Somalis are reported to be stranded on the border after being deported from Ethiopia, but refused permission to enter Somaliland.

Source: BBC News

 


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