Report:Increase of sexual violence against Somali Women by AMISOM and Government forces last year
Mogadishu (Harar24) – It has surfaced that the Somali government last year failed to address the human rights crisis in the country affecting thousands of women, created a culture of impunity for alleged rapist who are government employees and instilled fear in the minds of victims so as not the report the crimes according to Human Rights Watch report that came out earlier this week.
The 660 page report compiled by Human rights watch group said that last year in Somalia woman and girls faced great deal of sexual violence and harassment from individuals affiliated with the Somali Federal Government.
“Women and girls face alarming levels of sexual violence throughout the country” said the report.
The report also accused Government soldiers of committing sexual violence against internally displaced women and girls camps based in and around Mogadishu.
The report further mentioned that sexual exploitations and abuse by AMISOM troops increased during the last year.
“In August, a woman alleged that she was abducted by soldiers and then transferred to AMISOM soldiers who raped her” said the report.
“The alleged victim and witnesses were intimidated by government intelligence agents during the investigation” added the report.
Several rape cases in Somalia have been highlighted and managed to catch the attention of the international community, yet despite the worldwide attention the Somali government managed to somehow dismiss some cases or in some cases even purport the victims as criminals.
What is equally worrying is that these incidents could be rightfully called the tip of the iceberg, as thousands of other rape cases go unnoticed.