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War and Peace in SomaliaNational Grievances, Local Conflict and Al-Shabaab$
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Michael Keating and Matt Waldman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190947910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190947910.001.0001

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Ending Impunity

Ending Impunity

Fostering Redress and Accountability in Somalia

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(p.71) Ending Impunity
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War and Peace in Somalia
Author(s):

Tobias Hagmann

Mohammed Mealin Seid

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190947910.003.0005

Impunity in Somalia has become so deeply entrenched over the years that it has become the norm. Since the Siad Barre period (1969–1991), both local and foreign actors have repeatedly committed war crimes and other serious rights abuses that remain unaddressed to this day. This chapter explains why accountability is not only a human rights imperative, but a cornerstone of a more effective political strategy in Somalia. The chapter briefly reviews the main abuses and atrocities of the last 30 years; identifies the reasons why perpetrators have literally got away with murder; identifies the costs of continued impunity and inaction; and proposes a number of measures in view of a comprehensive strategy to foster both redress and accountability in Somalia.

Keywords:   Somalia, accountability, Siad Barre period, war crimes, human rights

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