Rights group claims US involved in secret detention of Somalis

Rights group claims US involved in secret detention of Somalis

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed [text] Saturday that the US, Kenya, and Ethiopia are cooperating with the transitional government of Somalia [official website] to secretly detain people who have fled the recent conflict there. HRW deputy Africa director Georgette Gagnon said: "Each of these governments has played a shameful role in mistreating people fleeing a war zone. Kenya has secretly expelled people, the Ethiopians have caused dozens to ‘disappear,’ and US security agents have routinely interrogated people held incommunicado.”

Predominantly-Islamic Somalia [JURIST news archive] has endured a lengthy civil war and several rounds of failed peace talks [BBC timeline] since the collapse of its last civil government in 1991. Reuters has more.