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Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar oo la qabtay

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Wararka inaga soo gaaraya dalka Itoobiya waxay sheegayaan in madaxweynihii shalay xilka ka degay ee dowlad deegaanka soomaalida ee Itoobiya Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar ay ciidammada militariga federaalka la tageen.

Balse dad ku sugan Itoobiya ayaa inoo xaqiijiyay in Cabdi Maxamuud cumar la qabtay.

Wararka ayaa intaasi ku daraya in Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar ay militariga u kaxaysteen magaalada Addis Ababa.

Shalay ayay hayd markii madaxweynihii dowlad deegaanka soomaalida ee Itoobiya Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar uu xilka iska casilay.

Waxaa madaxweynaha cusub loo magacaabay Axmed Cabdi Sheikh Maxamed.

 

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Source:https://www.bbc.com/somali/live/war-45068251

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4 hours ago, Xaaji Xunjuf said:

All that bending and twerking for Ethiopia since 2010 now him self on his way to jail.

And you would think by now that our "log-footed-cousins" would finally get the chance of seeing something "clicking" in the thinking side of their collective heads. And therefore they learn something (anything) from these recurring political experiences in which they have been stuck-on-it, like so much of a stuck-record for a several generations by now.

Hence, saying how pitiful it all seems doesn't even come close to describe it, or could do justice to the sheer tragic of it all. Nor would it do a measure of honest appraisal in-terms of how they are even failing to learn from the other Ethnic groups in Ethiopia, such as Tigreans and others.

And by that I means that by now they have "enough historical evidences" of knowing how every ethnic community in Ethiopia, if they could get-their-acts-together, could actually be the real "contenders" for the power of Ethiopian's State. And of course, the Oromos are the latest one to show them how to do it.

But that actually requires them to learn how to "get-your-shit-together" and then "up-your-political-game" in-order to aim for the top greasy pole of the whole country. Instead of being contend to be the sort of folks who are "easily-hired-and-easily-fired-two-a-penny-political-stooges" of every passing government of Ethiopia. Which seems to be what the "judgement" of the ledger of history will indicates for them. Or is likely to be recorded for them in the fullness of time (as it were).

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Oodweyne,

The poor nomad is no match for graduates of the Soros university of Democracy and human rights.

The poor nomad who speaks his mind in the same way his father and grandfather did is no match for Orwellian speak.

The poor nomad of "what you see is what you get" is no match for crisis actors.

 

This thing is well orchestrated campaign. The only place where you realize how crisis actors are used is in Dirdawa. They had a lady with all the make up all the gold bracelet all the earrings enough for 3 women mobile on hand with gold looking chain was being interviewed. The giveaway is she speaks for 3 full minutes making the poor Somali nomad as the savage and near the end she puts the caveat "I don't mean all Somalis but a small group"

The Media is every single one of them on a campaign which puts the American Media to shame about Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq....Iley is put as Assad...not an easy knock, but somebody that has to go and never to be given respite.

It will not be long before the Ethiopian version of White Helmets shows up. There is already some hints to that.

 

Nobody is an island.

 

Example of cruelty of politics:

Some time ago the world was told that a million Oromo have been evicted from borders of Somali and Oromia kilils. Guess what within a month the Somali kilil made a plan for security resettling of these people and the federal government agreed actually praised the plan and budgeted to implement it. Hailemariam was prime minister then and even went to Jigjiga and the minister of federal affairs (now ambassador in washington) made the Oromo and Somali presidents sign and raise their hands holding and all Ethiopians were happy that the governments acted.

Jawar said NO return, the Oromo government said NO return. Why? The Oromo had planned to settle these people in Addis Ababa which is an overnight change of demographics. And that is what they did.

Now the Amhara who were majority in Addis Ababa are crying faul play, but the Oromo answer is "How cruel can you be not to accept and settle these folks victims of Somali savagery. Aren't you yourself settler of Menelik on Oromo lands". This shuts up anyone and everyone.

Let alone the poor nomad who has never settled his heart in the empire, even those who believed owned the empire are no match for all this Orwellian plans and machinations.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Old_Observer said:

Oodweyne,

The poor nomad is no match for graduates of the Soros university of Democracy and human rights.

The poor nomad who speaks his mind in the same way his father and grandfather did is no match for Orwellian speak.

The poor nomad of "what you see is what you get" is no match for crisis actors.

 

This thing is well orchestrated campaign. The only place where you realize how crisis actors are used is in Dirdawa. They had a lady with all the make up all the gold bracelet all the earrings enough for 3 women mobile on hand with gold looking chain was being interviewed. The giveaway is she speaks for 3 full minutes making the poor Somali nomad as the savage and near the end she puts the caveat "I don't mean all Somalis but a small group"

The Media is every single one of them on a campaign which puts the American Media to shame about Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq....Iley is put as Assad...not an easy knock, but somebody that has to go and never to be given respite.

It will not be long before the Ethiopian version of White Helmets shows up. There is already some hints to that.

 

Nobody is an island.

 

Example of cruelty of politics:

Some time ago the world was told that a million Oromo have been evicted from borders of Somali and Oromia kilils. Guess what within a month the Somali kilil made a plan for security resettling of these people and the federal government agreed actually praised the plan and budgeted to implement it. Hailemariam was prime minister then and even went to Jigjiga and the minister of federal affairs (now ambassador in washington) made the Oromo and Somali presidents sign and raise their hands holding and all Ethiopians were happy that the governments acted.

Jawar said NO return, the Oromo government said NO return. Why? The Oromo had planned to settle these people in Addis Ababa which is an overnight change of demographics. And that is what they did.

Now the Amhara who were majority in Addis Ababa are crying faul play, but the Oromo answer is "How cruel can you be not to accept and settle these folks victims of Somali savagery. Aren't you yourself settler of Menelik on Oromo lands". This shuts up anyone and everyone.

Let alone the poor nomad who has never settled his heart in the empire, even those who believed owned the empire are no match for all this Orwellian plans and machinations.

 

 

 

 

Nothing to do with education, this id  pre-historic basic survival skills.

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Old_Observer,

I got the gist of your argumernt and the implication one can draw from it, which will be that, our "Long-footed-cousins", are uniquely disadvantaged in the cut-and-thrust of the politics of Ethiopia. At least in its modern version of it. But still I have you know that, politics is learned vocation (or at best an aptitude). Which means, Tigreans weren't endowed with something the Long-Footed-folks, never could be in their possession.

And all that made it different for the Tigreans was that they knew back in the day, that they needed to prepare to scale the summit of the power of Ethiopia. And therefore, in time they did indeed ended up running the whole show of Ethiopia even if they are not more numerous than our "Long-footed-cousins", who could even have all the Somalis in the Kililka, if only a better politics and a better politicians could be what they bring forth.

This is the lesson they need to learn. Instead of settling on for a generation after generation of being stooges and lackeys for any ethnic community that, by hook or by crook, gets to be the top dog of the Ethiopian's national politics, however brief or long, their hold on power may turned out to be.

Consequently, this is what they need to put their mind on it so that say a two decades from now on, Somalis could see the sight of them ruling the roast of Ethiopia from Addis-Ababa, whilst every other ethnic community will be competing to furnish the best stooges they have in their column to serve the Somali interests in their respective region.

In other words, there is no need to settle for stooge-ism in perpetuity. For politics is dynamic game. Which means, instead of taking for granted that these folks, the "Long-footed-folks" and the rest of the  Somali community in the Somali region, are locked-in, in perpetuity on the the notion that expects that the highest role they could ever attain in Ethiopia is to be some else's political stooge, why not aim to be the patron who everyone else is his stooge and his lackey,

And this scenario in the end will mean that everyone else will be at his service (and therefore be of help of the wider Somali region and its people), like the manner the late political legendary Meles Zenawi did indeed end up ruling whole of Ethiopia whilst at the same time giving all the flip to his Tigrean's region far more than other region. And therefore prepare for that now, so that in two (2) decades from now that will be the political reality of the Somali Community and its region.

What is stopping you to aim for it, even if you may not achieved it. And of course, that determined assault at the summit of power of very Ethiopian's State will be much more historically honorable role to aim at, rather than to be contend to provide latest political stooge from the Somali community who was hired by some Ethiopian's ethnic community who are in power in Ethiopia. And as always this stooge's role is to be set forth so that he can go and oppress his own Somali region and its people at the behest of others in Addis-Ababa. 

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Oodweyne,

Being too harsh on your cousins.

Example: Oodweyne from Somaliland says: The Somali Ethnic in Ethiopia should throw its lot with the mix and mix it up and climb to the top.

galbeedi from Somaliland says: Don't get too involved in Ethiopia, we will break it apart. Iley should have started article 39

Nobody suffers from this fundamental dilemma as much as your cousins. The long foot after 100 years has hard time accepting living in 3 citizenships.

Now its sinking in that these borders are not going to change, rather come on top in all three enclaves and if possible in all 3 countries.

Iley is first president under this project and has come a long way. Majority of Somalis in this enclave fully convinced that success in Ethiopia as a region is key to all options in the future even for separation or anything else.

Next generation has good foundation if the HOA winds don't change direction again.

 

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Old_Observer,

 It may be harsh judgement, but sometimes harsh truth needs to be spoken. Since 1991, the "Long-footers" have being running the show of the Somali region. And today we see they are at the same miserable political place they were in back in 1991.

And that is the the sight of seeing that every passing Ethiopian's government can have its "pick-of-a-choice" of the latest "Somali stooge" they will then impose on the Somali region.

No other region in Ethiopia (or any other Ethnic community in that country) will be so degraded as to be dealt with in this "harsh way" and in this day and age. Only Somalis, are apparently, this politically wretched.

Leadership is earn by results only. Or is forfeited completely without it. And it seems that, our "Long-Footed-Cousins" have actually shown us that they care for nothing beyond running Jigjiga. And have no larger ambition of the kind even the smallest other ethnic communities of Ethiopia show that they have the burning for it and indeed the sheer desire to run the country as a whole, if only their numbers and their smartness will be good enough to carry them to all the way to the residency of the Ethiopian's Prime-Minister.

Hence, if you can't hack it at the heat of the political kitchen that is the ever ferment politics of Ethiopia, then it's time to pass the "baton of the leadership" to some other Somali community. And they in turn ought to be a community that has the fire and the desire in the belly to make sure that in two (2) decades from now on, there should be no "Somali stooge" being ordered around and about in JigJiga by the latest passing Ethiopian's government from Addis-Ababa.

And in fact there should be a Somali politician running the whole freaking political show from there in Addis-Ababa, ordering other Ethiopian's ethnic communities (to do his bidding) just as we currently gets to be ordered about by every passing ethnic community that somehow reaches the "pinnacle" that is the political office of country's top-post. 

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On 8/7/2018 at 12:45 PM, maakhiri1 said:

Nothing to do with education, this id  pre-historic basic survival skills.

But its issue of culture. The Somali political culture is different to that of the Oromo. The Somali culture is hard to just throw away and move to Soros culture.

With all his experience Ghelleh would be no match for people who can change faith, culture, even identity at the drop of a hat.

 

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The Case Against Mr Illey

Human Rights Watch : Waa in la baaraa taca-diyada ka dhacay dowlad deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya.

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Isniin, August, 20, 2018 (HOL) - Waxaa looga baahan yahay dowladda Itoobiya in ay samayso hawlgal xaqiiqo raadin ah, qoto dheer, isla markaana madax bannaan si ay uga salgaarto tacaddiyada xuquuqda aadanaha iyo jebinta xeerarka dagaalka ee sanadaha badan ka socday deegaanka Soomaalida ee bariga Itoobiya, waxaa sidaa maanta sheegtay Human Rights Watch. Waa in arintaasi ay qeyb ka noqdaan baaritaanno gaar ah oo lagu eegayo mas’uuliyadda ay tacaddiyadaasi ku leeyihiin saraakiil sarsare oo gobolkaasi ah, gaar ahaan madaxweynihii hore ee Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar iyo hogaamiyaha haatan ee ciidanka Liyu booliska, Cabdiraxmaan Cabdillaahi Burale.

Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar ayaa 6-dii Agoosto xilka ka degay, ka dib rabshado ka dhacay magaalada Jigjiga oo ciidanka Liyu booliska iyo dhalinyaro daacad u ah Cabdi Iley ay ku weerarreen dadka deegaanka isla markaana ay gubeen hanti.

“Si looga gudbo wixii dhacay, waxaa looga baahan yahay dowladda Itoobiya xaqiijinta in cadaalad loo helo tacaddiyada argagaxa leh ee mudada ka badan tobanka sano ka dhacayay deegaanka Soomaalida,” ayay tiri Maria Burnett oo ah agaasimaha Human Rights Watch ee Bariga iyo Geeska Afrika, oo intaa ku dartay, “Waa in ajendayaasha isbedelka ah ee Ra’iisal Wasaare Abiy ay ka mid noqdaan in dadka mas’uulka ka ah tacaddiyada waaweyn ee xuquuqda aadanaha, si kasta oo ay u awood badan yihiin, ay cadaaladdu qabato.”

Deegaanka Soomaalida, oo ku yaal meel muhiim ah isla markaana dhaca soohdinta kala qeybisa Soomaaliya iyo Itoobiya, ayaa waxaa muddo ka badan toban sano ka dhacayay tacaddiyo ballaaran oo ka dhan ah dadka rayidka ah, kuwaasoo ay geysteen ciidamada Itoobiya iyo xooggaga Liyu boolis. Tan iyo sanadkii 2007, waxaa aad loo xaddiday baaritaannada ku aaddan waxa ka socda gobolka. Waxaa la xayiray galaangalka ay weriyayaasha, hay’adaha gargaarka, kuwa xuquuqda aadanaha iyo kormeerayaasha madaxa bannaan u leeyihiin deegaanka.

Tacaddiyada ayaa si gaar ah usii batay tan iyo sanadkii 2007, xilligaas oo dagaalkii u dhexeeyay jabhadda ONLF iyo ciidamada difaaca Itoobiya uu sare u kacay. Dowladda Itoobiya ayaa samaysay ciidanka Liyu boolis (oo luuqada Amxaariga loola jeedo “mid gaar ah”) kaasoo sanadkii 2008 noqday mid si ballaaran loogula dagaallamay jabhadda isla markaana ka amar qaadanayay Cabdi Iley oo xilligaasi ahaa madaxa ammaanka ee deegaanka, ka dibna muddo sideed sano ah hayay xilka madaxweynaha dowlad deegaanka.

Warbixin ay Human Rights Watch baahisay 2008 ayay ku ogaatay in xooggaga ammaanka ee Itoobiya iyo jabhadda la dagaallamaysay ay dembiyo dagaal geysteen intii u dhaxaysay bartamihii 2007 ilaa horraantii 2008, iyo in ciidamada Itoobiya ay mas’uul ka ahaayeen dembiyo ka dhan ah aadanaha marka la eego dilalka, jirdilka, kufsiga iyo barakicinta qasabka ah ee la diiwaangeliyay. Human Rights Watch ayaa ogaatay in ciidamada Itoobiya ay si xoog ah ku barakiciyeen bulshooyin dhan oo reer miyi ah, ay gubeen oo ay burburiyeen tobanaan tuulo, ayna dil bareer ah u geysteen in ka badan 150 qof, kuwaasoo qaarkood meelo fagaara ah lagu toogtay si loo argagax geliyo bulshada deegaanka. Xooggaga ammaanka ayaa sidoo kale qaab sharci darro ah ku xiray boqolaal qof oo rayid ah, kuwaasoo badankood la jirdilay, garaacay, kufsaday ama loo geystay xadgudubyo kale oo galmo ah.

Human Rights Watch ayaa marar badan u ololeysay sidii baaritaan madax bannaan loogu samayn lahaa dembiyadda xilligaas dhacay. Sanadkii 2008, Wasaaradda Arimaha Dibedda ee Itoobiya ayaa bilowday baaritaan ay uga jawaabayso warbixinta Human Rights Watch, balse qaabka loo sameeyay ayaan ahayn mid madax bannaan oo lagu kalsoonaan karo, waxaana uu meesha ka saaray xaqiiqda ah in dowladda ay door ku lahayd tacaddiyadaasi.

Waxaa loo baahan yahay baaritaan cusub kaasoo ay tahay in lagu eego kaalinta iyo mas’uuliyadda ay leeyihiin askarta milateriga Itoobiya ee amartay ama ka qeyb qaadatay weerarrada ka dhanka ah dadka rayidka ah xilliga ay meesha xun maraysay colaadda, ayay tiri Human Rights Watch. Waxaa intaa dheer in saraakiisha milateriga iyo kuwa rayidka ah ee ka warqabay ama ay ahayd inay ogaadaan dembiyada noocaasi ah balse aan wax tallaaba ah ka qaadin ay dembiga wax ku yeelan karaan marka la eego mas’uuliyadda taliska.

Inkastoo uu milateriga Itoobiya sanadahan dambe yareeyay dowrka muuqda ee uu ku leeyahay deegaanka Soomaalida, ayaa haddana ciidanka Liyu boolis ee ka amar qaadanayay Cabdi Iley waxa uu sameeyay tallaabooyin xadgudub ah oo uu ku beegsanayay dadka looga shakiyo inay taageeraan jabhadda ONLF. Ciidankan ayaa tobankii sano ee lasoo dhaafay waxaa marar badan lagu helay dembiyo ay ka mid yihiin dilal sharciga khilaafsan, jirdil, kufsi, rabshado ka dhan ah dadka deegaanka Soomaalida iyo weliba weerarro aargoosi ah oo ka dhan ah beelaha deegaanka. Waxaa sidoo kale jira cadeymo muujinaya weerarro ay Liyu booliska ku qaadeen dad degan meelo ka baxsan deegaanka Soomaalida, gaar ahaan deegaanka Oromiya oo ay weerarayeen tan iyo dabayaaqadii Disembar 2016, taasoo dhalisay dhimashada boqolaal qof iyo barakac baahsan. Waxa ay sidoo kale weerarro ka geysteen gudaha dalka deriska la ah ee Soomaaliya.

Warbixin ay Human Rights Watch baahisay bishii July 2018 ayaa lagu diiwaangeliyay jirdil arxan darro ah oo loo geystay maxaabiista xabsiga dhexe ee deegaanka oo loo yaqaan Jeel Ogaadeen, kaasoo ay inta badan maamulaan Liyu booliska. Maxaabiis soo martay xabsigaasi ayaa qeexay tacaddiyo aan dhammaan lahayn iyo jirdil, ayagoo inta badan aan heli jirin daryeel caafimaad, ka warqabka qoysaskooda, qareennadooda ama xitaa mararka qaar cunno. Waa in la baaro mas’uuliyiinta, oo kuwa ay si lagu kalsoonaan karo ku cadaato inay ka dambeeyeen tacaddiyada ka dhanka ah maxaabiista lagu qaado dacwad dembiyeed ayaga oo aan loo eegeyn darajadooda, ayay tiri Human Rights Watch. Waa in si gaar ah loo baaro mas’uuliyiinta sarsare ee dowlad deegaanka Soomaalida sida Cabdi Iley iyo Cabdiraxmaan Cabdillahi Burale oo sidoo kale loo yaqaan Cabdiraxmaan Labagole.

Marka la eego sharciga caalamiga ah, Itoobiya waxa ay mas’uuliyad ka saaran tahay inay baarto oo ay maxkamadeyso dadka geysta dembiyada dagaalka, oo ay ka mid yihiin ciidamadeeda. Ma aha in cafis loo fidiyo dadka geysta dembiyada ka dhanka ah aadanaha ama tacaddiyada waaweyn ee xuquuqda aadanaha.

Dowladda ayaa tallaabooyin aargoosi ah kula kacday dadka ka hadla tacaddiyada deegaanka ka dhaca. Tusaale ahaan, dowladda Itoobiya ayaa sanadkii 2016 waxa ay xirtay tobanaan ka mid ah ehelada dad Itoobiyaan ah oo ka qeyb qaatay mudaharaad ka dhacay magaalada Melbourne ee dalka Australia kaasoo looga soo horjeeday maamulka Jigjiga. Qaar ka mid ah eheladaasi ayaa bilooyin xirnaa si loogu ciqaabo falkaasi.

Hawlgal xaqiiqo raadin ah, qoto dheer, isla markaana madax bannaan oo lagu sameeyo tacaddiyada iyo jebinta shuruucda dagaalka ee ka dhacay deegaanka Soomaalida ee bariga Itoobiya ayaa waxa uu qeyb muhiim ah ka qaadan doonaa ajendaha isbedelka ku salaysan ee Ra’iisal Wasaare Abiy, ayay tiri Human Rights Watch. Waa in howlwadaagayaasha caalamiga ah ee Itoobiya ee doonaya inay taageeraan isbedellada ballaaran ee socda ay taageero farsamo u fidiyaan dadaalkaasi. Si loo xaqiijiyo kalsoonida, waa in la shaaciyaa waxyaabaha lagu ogaaday baaritaanka ayadoo laga faa’iideysanayo khubarada caalamiga ah.

“Ma aha in dowladda federaalka ay qariso tacaddiyada xajmigaasi iyo noocaasi leh ayadoo eegaysa dano siyaasadeed,” ayay tiri Burnett oo intaa ku dartay, “Hadda waxaa la joogaa goortii lasoo afjari lahaa ku lug-lahaanshaha dowladda federaalka ee tacaddiyada ka dhaca deegaanka Soomaalida, iyo xilligii uu billaaban lahaa isla xisaabtanka.”

C/raxmaan Diini, Hiiraan Online 
diini@hiiiraan.com

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https://www.hiiraan.com/news/2018/Aug/wararka_maanta20-156853.htm

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The English Version Of The "Legal Case" Against Mr Illley According To Human Right Watch (HRW)

Ethiopia: Probe Years of Abuse in Somali Region.

Redress and Accountability Needed for Crimes.

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A refugee woman from Imey, a town in the Gode zone of Ethiopia's Somali Region, stands outside her makeshift home in Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. She and her children fled to Kenya after her husband was killed by Ethiopian forces in December 2007.  © Evelyn Hockstein

 

The government of Ethiopia should commit to an in-depth, independent fact-finding mission into many years of rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region, Human Rights Watch said today. This should include specific investigations into the responsibility of senior Somali region officials, including the former regional president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, and the current head of the region’s paramilitary Liyu police force, Abdirahman Abdillahi Burale.

On August 6, 2018, after the Somali region’s notorious Liyu police and a youth group loyal to Abdi Mohamoud Omar (known as “Abdi Illey”) attacked residents and burned property, in Jigjiga, Abdi Illey resigned.

“To break with the past, Ethiopia’s government needs to ensure justice for more than a decade of horrific abuses in the Somali region,” said Maria Burnett, East and Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda should include that those responsible for serious human rights violations, however powerful, no longer avoid justice.”

The Somali region, a strategically important border area between Somalia and Ethiopia, has been the site of over a decade of widespread abuses against civilians, both by the Ethiopian army and by the Liyu police force. Scrutiny of developments in the region has been severely limited since 2007. Access for journalists, aid organizations, human rights groups, and other independent monitors is restricted.

The abuses have been particularly egregious since 2007, when armed conflict between the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Ethiopia’s Defense Force escalated. Ethiopian authorities created the Liyu (“special” in Amharic) police, which by 2008 had become a prominent counterinsurgency force reporting to Abdi Illey, the regional security chief at that time, who went on to serve as the regional president for eight years.

In a 2008 report, Human Rights Watch found that Ethiopian security forces and the insurgent group had committed war crimes between mid-2007 and early 2008, and that the Ethiopian armed forces were responsible for crimes against humanity based on the patterns of executions, torture, rape, and forced displacement documented. Human Rights Watch found that Ethiopian troops forcibly displaced entire rural communities, destroyed and burned dozens of villages, and summarily executed more than 150 people, some publicly to terrorize the local community. Security forces also unlawfully detained hundreds of civilians, many of whom were tortured, beaten, raped, or otherwise sexually abused.

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly pressed for an independent investigation into the crimes committed in this period. In 2008, Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry initiated an inquiry in response to the Human Rights Watch report, but that exercise lacked both credibility and independence and primarily whitewashed the truth about the government’s role.

A new investigation is needed and should look into the roles and responsibilities of Ethiopian military personnel who ordered or participated in attacks on civilians at the height of the conflict, Human Rights Watch said. In addition, senior military and civilian officials who knew or should have known of such crimes but took no action may be criminally liable as a matter of command responsibility.

While the military has in recent years taken a less active role in the region, the Liyu Police force, under Abdi Illey’s control, has pursued an abusive counter-insurgency campaign against suspected ONLF sympathizers. The force has over the last decade frequently been implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and violence against people in the Somali region, as well as in retaliatory attacks against local communities. There is also evidence of attacks and violent clashes by the group against communities outside of the Somali region, including in the Oromia region since late December 2016, which resulted in hundreds dead and significant displacement, and in neighboring Somalia.

In a July 2018 report, Human Rights Watch documented brutal torture of prisoners in the region’s central prison – known as Jail Ogaden – which is largely controlled by the Liyu police. Former prisoners described unending abuse and torture, with no access to adequate medical care, family, lawyers, or even, at times, food. Officials credibly implicated in serious violations against prisoners, regardless of rank, should be investigated and those responsible should face criminal charges, Human Rights Watch said. This should include specific investigations into senior Somali region officials such as Abdi Illey and Abdirahman Abdillahi Burale, also known as Abdirahman Labagole.

Under international law, Ethiopia has an obligation to investigate and prosecute those responsible for war crimes, including members of its armed forces. Anyone responsible for crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights should not be granted amnesty.

The government has also carried out reprisals against those speaking out about abuses in the region.

In 2016, in one example, the Ethiopian government arrested and detained dozens of relatives of Ethiopians who participated in a Melbourne, Australia protest and held some for months as punishment. 

An in-depth, independent fact-finding mission into rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region would be an important part of Abiy’s ongoing reform agenda, Human Rights Watch said. Ethiopia’s international partners, looking to support the many ongoing reforms, should offer technical assistance to such an effort. To help ensure its credibility, the investigation should publish detailed findings and draw on international expertise.

“The federal government should not sweep abuses of such a scale and nature under the carpet in the name of political expediency,” Burnett said. “Now is the time for the federal government’s long involvement and complicity in widespread abuses in the Somali region to end and for accountability to begin.”

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/20/ethiopia-probe-years-abuse-somali-region

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46 minutes ago, Dahireeto said:

What does this mean Oodweyne? Are they setting the stage for his trial with these kind of articles? The game is on I think. 

:D No, but I really think accountability is really important. Otherwise this perpetual circle of thinking that if you "get lucky" to be "selected" to be the next "chosen Somali stooge" for any passing government in Addis-Ababa for the Somali region you can then oppress your people at will and at length, will not stop.

So in order to break this "vicious circle" of "one-Somali-stooge-ready-to-oppress-his-people-to-his-heart's-contends" being replaced by another fresh one, who in turn is ready and eager to do all over again, we must make sure the law gets to ask the likes of Mr Illey to answer for his crimes.

Hence, that way the next "biddable Somali stooge", who in turn is ready to "serve" (like all those who preceded him) by oppressing his people will know that the regime he is serving at that moment will not be able to protect him, if they were to lose power, as it seems to be happening with the likes of Mr illey.

This is the historically important thing to which to take away from all of this. And I do welcome this, really.  

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Oodweyne,

Please tie your horse of justice to the nomad tree and make your coffee in the shed.

Its face book age where even what seems revolution can be edited by click of mouse.

Iley need to explain and stand in court of Somali, then only and only then can the effect you want be achieved fully.

The way its being done now is just negotiating with him, because those who thought is easy..give the guy a few weeks of campaign..get some publications to make it look international..viola arrest throw the keys away...

Not so fast...can't even replace the guy with what they wanted..impossible at least for now.

 

 

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