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]
March 22, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where ...[read more]
February 23, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Security Council announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to defend against ...[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 16, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce reported on Wednesday that maritime pirate attacks have reached their lowest levels in six years, dropping 40 percent since 2011. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, attributes the ...[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]
December 31, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a report Tuesday finding Syria the most dangerous nation in the world for journalists, with Egypt and Iraq just behind. The CPJ's report found that of the estimated 70 journalists killed worldwide in 2013, 29 were in Syria. Egypt and Iraq, ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant international organizations to adopt ...[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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