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Somalia: Injustice demands stronger response

19 January 2018, London – The Anti-Tribalism Movement strongly condemns the recent deliberate killing of Mr Nur Mohamed Ali who was fatally stabbed to death outside his house in Kismayo on 12 January 2018.

Anti-Tribalism Movement remains extremely concerned and expresses its gravest concern with recent events in the Jubaland State of Somalia and the violent, traumatic abuses of the Somali Bantu and other marginalised groups have endured. It is imperative that any individuals responsible for atrocities must be held accountable. Therefore, the Jubaland administration has the responsibility and the opportunity to halt these violations and abuses.

“We are seriously concerned about the human violations in Kismayo and the whole country. The most recent incident is absolutely appalling and it will only worsen tensions and distrust between communities in the city, therefore, it should not be something that can be swept under the carpet and it needs to be taken very seriously. The Jubaland administrations should send a clear message to such unlawful killings. The Perpetrator ‪should be properly dealt with in accordance with the law, and Mr Matan’s family must have justice,’ – Country Director of Anti-Tribalism Movement, Abdifatah Faisal‪

“The Federal Government in Mogadishu has a critical role to play in ensuring that the rights and dignity of the most vulnerable groups in our society. The only warranty for peace and security is justice for all Somalis regardless of clan,” said Mr Faisal

“Discrimination towards Somali Bantu and all other minority groups in Somalia has existed since the birth of Somalia, However, It is unfortunate in the 21st century they still facing severe persecution, acts of violence and significant barriers to enjoying the levels of the life of their other Somalis. There are so many cases, which go unreported and often with lack of adequate avenues for redress,” said The Chairman of Wagosha Movement, Eng Yarow Sharif Adan 

The human rights situation of the Somali Bantu and other marginalised groups in Somalia is a cause of utmost concern. The scope and patterns of violations and abuses reported cannot be ignored; systematic and systemic discrimination and policies of exclusion and marginalisation are all too often at the root of all hatred, tribalism, mistrust and conflicts.

Measures are needed to break the cycle of impunity and to promote accountability in the interests of justice, reconciliation and the protection of the human rights of all people in Somalia.

– ENDS –

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