HRW: All Sides In Somalia War Guilty Of Crimes

Photo: Abdurrahman Warsameh/International Relations and Security Network (CC)

Mass burial for those killed during Mogadishu infighting. Photo: Abdurrahman Warsameh/International Relations and Security Network (CC)

Where there is conflict there is someone to point the finger. Human Rights Watch have decided that everyone is ‘guilty’. Via AFP:

All the parties to Somalia’s conflict have violated the rules of war and are guilty of causing civilian casualties in the fight for territorial control, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Somali government forces backed by troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have fought bloody battles in the capital Mogadishu with the Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels who want to topple the administration.

“All sides have used artillery in the capital Mogadishu in an unlawful manner that has caused civilian casualties,” the rights group said in a report.

“Al-Shebab has fired mortars indiscriminately from densely populated areas and the TFG (government) and AMISOM forces have often responded in kind with indiscriminate counterattacks.

“As a result, civilians have not known where to turn for protection,” the New York-based watchdog added.

[Continues at AFP]

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  • Anonymous

    Monotheism is why we can’t have nice things

  • JoiquimCouteau

    Monotheism is why we can’t have nice things

  • Andrew

    Why the scare quotes around the word guilty?

    Also, “All the parties to Somalia’s conflict” ≠”everybody.”

  • Andrew

    Why the scare quotes around the word guilty?

    Also, “All the parties to Somalia’s conflict” ≠”everybody.”