April 9, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku announced on Wednesday that Kenya deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of other undocumented immigrants in response to a series of attacks committed by Somali Militants since 2011. Since the crackdown, almost 4,000 have been arrested, nearly 500 ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The UN recommended the moratorium citing its concern over judicial processes after a man was executed nine days after he allegedly ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Somali government on Thursday to adopt reforms to help prevent sexual violence against women and provide support for victims. HRW released a report, "Here, Rape is Normal" , with instructions for the government to establish a strategy to reduce sexual violence ...[read more]
January 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The trial of four individuals accused of aiding the terrorists who perpetrated the September attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, commenced Wednesday. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 62 people died and 175 were injured. ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Mohamed Ali Samantar, former Somali prime minister, who was ordered to pay Somali torture victims $21 million in 2012. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had upheld the district court's dismissal of Samantar's claim that, as a ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Friday sentenced Somali pirates Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar to 21 life sentences for their role in the killing of four Americans aboard a yacht off the Horn of Africa in February 2011. Fourteen of the 19 people ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday sentenced Somali pirate Ahmed Muse Salad to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Salad was among the 19 men who boarded and hijacked a yacht, ...[read more]
November 4, 2013
by Max Slater
A Kenyan court on Monday charged four people with aiding terrorism relating to a four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 62 people died and 175 were injured. The four charged men, ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six men of piracy and sentenced one of them to 12-and-a-half years and the other to five to eight years in prison. The men, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, Mohamed Aden Mohamed, Issa Abdullah Issa, Abdillahi Mohamed Gouled, Mohamed Said Ahmed and Hamoud Elfaf Mahou, ...[read more]
October 14, 2013
by Addison Morris
Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," ...[read more]

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