PRESS RELEASE: ALIKAR CENTER FOR PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY IS WARNING AGAINST VIOLENCE AND CLASHES THAT MAY ERUPT IN KISMAYO

ALIKAR Centre for Peace, Human rights and Democracy warns against clashes and bloodshed that may erupt in Kimayo which can bring once again difficulties and setbacks to the local Somali community that have endured and deteriorated by prolonged conflicts in the past 20 years and so.

The center proposes to the parties who are in conflict in Jubaland, who have disparities in settling the local disputes towards the Jubaland administration, to settle their differences in a manner which will not lead to chaos, avoid misunderstanding and will not affect the local community in Kismayo.

APHAD recommends the local authorities and parties that are in conflict in the control of the region to respect the rights of Journalists, recent findings by the centre highlight that some reporters received threats from the local politicians and parties that are in conflict in Jubaland towards the distribution of reports, denying the journalist to freely report the actual situation on ground and only eager for their side of the story reported.

The centre is as well proposing the Somali national government & AMISOM to carefully assess and rescue the local Somali population living in Kismayo

In the past 22 years the town of Kismayo suffered prolonged conflicts and didn’t see peace, the town had frequently encountered repeated conflicts which lead to fleeing of the local civilians to a nearby Kenya as refugees during which many of them lost their lives, many other got injured and continue to encounter these atrocities.

Protection of human rights violations does not exist in Kismayo since the collapse of the central government 22 years ago, which in turn lead to many atrocities towards the local population as well as looting the properties of the local people. So far the center has recorded 42 cases of human rights violations accumulated from the region.

Therefore the center recommends those parties in conflict and others, who have political interest in the region to jointly work towards peace and development in the region at the same time working towards protection of human rights and settle their political differences in manner that will not lead to any further bloodshed.

ALIKAR CENTER FOR PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY (APHAD)
KISMAYO, LOWER JUBA, JUBALAND, SOMALIA,
EMAIL:
aphad@live.com / info@aphad.org
website:
www.aphad.org

 

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