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Rights group urges U.N. not to lift Somalia arms embargo

04 Mar – Source: Reuters – 280 words

The human rights group Amnesty International warned the U.N. Security Council on Monday not to lift the 21-year-old arms embargo in place for Somalia as called for by a draft resolution, describing the idea as premature.
The 15-nation council is considering lifting the U.N. arms embargo on Somalia’s government for one year so it can beef up its army to combat Islamist fighters, according to a draft resolution obtained by Reuters.
“Without adequate safeguards, arms transfers may expose Somali civilians to even greater risk and worsen the humanitarian situation,” said Gemma Davies, Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher.

Key Headlines

  • PM Shirdon meets Galgadud leaders promises government services (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • National Security Agency conducted operation in Banadir (SNTV)
  • Somalia’s al Shabaab urges Kenyan Muslims to boycott vote (Reuters)
  • Troops from the El-Wak town directed to Kismayu city (Radio Kulmiye)
  • Somaliland: Human Rights Center Urges Government to charge or release detainees (Somaliland Press)
  • Somali-Canadian community says youth face barriers (Global News)
  • Al-Shabaab threatened they will be chased away from Burdhubo and Bardhere (Radio Kulmiye)
  • IFJ Calls On Authorities in Somalia to Reopen a Radio Station (Al Shahid)

SOMALI MEDIA

PM Shirdon meets Galgadud leaders, promises government services

04 Mar – Source:RadioBar-kulan/Radio Risaala/Kulmiye – 137 words

Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon on Monday visited the central Somali town of Dusamareb at the outset of a regional tour to meet local administrations, communities and discuss the provision of basic public services. The Prime Minister was hosted by Galgadud Governor Ahmed Hassan Iyow, who welcomed him before the premier addressed a large public gathering, where he congratulated the local leadership and Ahlu Sunna on the defeat of Al-Shabaab. He said development and public services would follow the improved security in the region.


Troops from the El-Wak town directed to Kismayu city

04 Mar – Source: Radio Kulmiye – 107 words

In Elwak, Somali national army troops recently trained by Kenyans are moving towards Kismayu in order to beef up the security in the area where some reports said there is insecurity. These troops will be some of those joining the operations in Kismayu since the government and allies have taken control of Kismayu’s administration for some time.


Somaliland: Human Rights Center Urges Government to charge or release detainees

04 Mar – Source: Somaliland Press – 120 words

Human Rights Center is calling the government of Somaliland to immediately release or charge Ahmed Ibrahim and other the detainees. Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed, 22, was arrested on 18th February in Hargeisa about 19:00 local time while he was driving a car to purchase equipment for a local newspaper. The car was also confiscated by the police. Ahmed was arrested last year and later released after about 20 days detention and no charges was ever brought against him. Ahmed is diabetic and relies on medication as his mother told Human Rights Center.


Al-Shabaab threatened they will be chased away from Burdhubo and Bardhere

04 Mar – Source: Radio Kulmiye – 125 words

The Secretary of Defence of the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa of the southern provinces Sheikh Isxaaq Mursal has said that they are planning to remove al Shabaab from the districts of Burdhubo and Bardhere. Sheekh Isxaaq Mursal has said that Ahlu Sunna will filter the smaller places in southern Somalia.


REGIONAL MEDIA

12 die in attack by Mombasa militiamen

04 Mar – Source: Standard Digital Media – 113 words

Twelve people including six police officers were on Sunday night killed in ambush in Mombasa and Kilifi Counties hours before voting began Monday in Kenya. Police immediately declared the attack was staged by the Mombasa Republican Council followers. Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo who flew to Mombasa on Monday morning said they are holding two members of MRC for interrogation.


IFJ Calls On Authorities in Somalia to Reopen a Radio Station

04 Mar – Source: Al Shahid – 121 words

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today has called on Somalia to reopen a private radio station. According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), an IFJ affiliate, authorities in Adado town of Galgudud region in central Somalia have decided on Saturday 2 March, to shut down the private Al-Ihsan Radio station. Mohamed Adan, head of the Himin and Heb administration signed a letter ordering the radio station to shut down and asked armed men in a four-wheel drive to deliver the letter.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Rights group urges U.N. not to lift Somalia arms embargo

04 Mar – Source: Reuters – 280 words

The human rights group Amnesty International warned the U.N. Security Council on Monday not to lift the 21-year-old arms embargo in place for Somalia as called for by a draft resolution, describing the idea as premature.
The 15-nation council is considering lifting the U.N. arms embargo on Somalia’s government for one year so it can beef up its army to combat Islamist fighters, according to a draft resolution obtained by Reuters.
“Without adequate safeguards, arms transfers may expose Somali civilians to even greater risk and worsen the humanitarian situation,” said Gemma Davies, Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher.


Somalia’s al Shabaab urges Kenyan Muslims to boycott vote

04 Mar – Source: Reuters – 117 words

Somali militants linked to al Qaeda urged Muslims to boycott Kenya’s presidential election on Monday and wage jihad against the Kenyan military which sent troops into neighboring Somalia in late 2011 to help crush the rebels. The Islamist al Shabaab rebel group told Kenyan Muslims, who account for about 11 percent of the population, that the Nairobi government treated them as foreigners and second-class citizens. “Your regions are the least developed in Kenya and have the least facilities. You have been misled by the false promises of the presidential candidates and the same empty promises are repeated on every election campaign,” al Shabaab said in a statement cited by the U.S.-based SITE service on Monday.


Somali-Canadian community says youth face barriers

04 Mar – Source: Global News – 95 words

New research that suggests young Somali Canadians face barriers integrating into Canadian society is no surprise to those who are trying to reach out to struggling youth. “These people are Canadian. They are not going anywhere. They can be productive citizens and they can benefit Canada both socially and in economics,” said Faduma Mohamed, who co-founder of Positive Change, an advocacy group that fights negative perceptions of Somali Canadians. “Somali young people feel that they are Canadian, but they still have close ties to Somalia and to Muslim culture… Integration goes two ways,” Mohamed said.


Kenya police warn of election day attacks by Somali militants, criminals in police uniform

03 Mar – Source: Washington Post/AP – 101 words

Five years after more than 1,000 people were killed in election-related violence, Kenyans on Monday will begin casting votes in a nationwide election seen as the country’s most important — and complicated — in its 50-year history. Clerics across Kenya gave sermons dedicated to peace on Sunday, and urged the country to prove wrong the “prophets of doom” who predict violence. A barrier to a peaceful vote is that the country faces so many potential triggers of violence. The police issued an alert late Sunday that criminals were planning to dress in police uniforms and disrupt voting in some locations.

SOCIAL MEDIA

CULTURE / OPINION / EDITORIAL / ANALYSIS / BLOGS/ DISCUSSION BOARDS

“It goes without saying that honouring your guests and pampering them is what the Somali people are generally famous for and it is deeply rooted in their culture wherever they may be found. And in this case, you’ll agree with me that Jigjiga was not in short supply to offer its friendly reception and warm hospitality to the Somali Parliament Speaker and his delegation.”

Jigjiga Has Shown Its Warm Hospitality to Mogadishu

04 Mar- Source: Wardheernews-997 Words

Watching from afar, and from thousands of miles away, I was delighted to listen the breaking news about the visit of a Somali Parliamentary delegation led by the country’s Parliament Speaker Mr. Mohamed Sh. Osman Jawaari to Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali Regional State in eastern Ethiopia. Once the small white Ethiopian flagship plane touched down at Garaad Wiil-Waal International Airport, Mr. Jawaari stepped out from the plane with a determined step of someone who knew where he was visiting. This delegation flew in to Jigjiga from the Ethiopian federal capital Addis Ababa, but their emotional state upon arrival in Jigjiga was not the same as when they landed at Bole international airport in Addis Ababa few days earlier. To Speaker Jawaari and his team, visiting Jigjiga was being at home away from home.

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