Report on the Findings from the UN Humanitarian Assessment Mission to the Somali Region
Report on the Findings From The UN Humanitarian Assessment Mission to the Somali Region
|The human rights record of the Ethiopian military and security forces in the Ogaden has always been one of the most shameful acts committed by the Ethiopian authorities against a defenseless and innocent population. According to Amnesty international and Human rights watch, The Ogaden is closed by the Ethiopian government because of the widespread human rights violations that take place by its security forces. These violations include rapes; arbitrary arrests and imprisonment; torture; assassinations; expulsions; curfews; raids; collective punishment; forced labor and other violations of human rights. Also, according to Human Rights Watch, the Ethiopian government’s conduct in the Ogaden violates the laws of war and often uses starvation as a method of warfare. The Ethiopian military routinely travels to major towns in the Ogaden and loot all shops from small shops owned by women who are raising small children on their own because on most occasions their husbands have been killed by security forces. Commerce between the Ogaden and nearby regions is forbidden and the population is on the brink of extinction. Hundreds of thousands have fled to nearby countries within the last several years alone. All trade has been banned, women are routinely raped by the military, and men are arrested and tortured in prisons without any charges. In rural areas, nomads who are attending to their livestock’s are executed and at times slaughtered by the slitting of their throats.|
Human Right Watch
Human Rights Watch
|A UN fact finding mission in August 2007 stated “From information gathered, it was apparent to the mission that the human rights and protection situation for the civilian population in the areas of military operation is alarming and requires urgent attention.” They also noted the need for an independent human rights investigation by stating that “The mission received reports and direct accounts of serious violations of human rights, including substantive protection concerns for the civilian population. It is the mission’s views that these reported human rights concerns require independent investigation.”
All efforts by international human rights organizations to independently investigate human rights abuses have been rejected by the Ethiopian authorities.
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