HRW says leaders must account for human rights abuses in Somali region

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the Ethiopian government to investigate and bring to light, the role played by political and security leaders in human rights violations in the Somali region.

In a statement issued on Monday, HRW says Abiy’s seek should seek to correct injustices of the past decade, and specifically seek to hold individuals accountable.

‘‘This should include specific investigations into the responsibility of senior Somali region officials, including the former regional president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, and the current head of the region’s paramilitary Liyu police force, Abdirahman Abdillahi Burale,’‘ read part of the statement.

On August 6, 2018, after the Somali region’s notorious Liyu police and a youth group loyal to Omar known as Abdi Illey attacked residents and burned property, in Jigjiga, Abdi Illey resigned.

“To break with the past, Ethiopia’s government needs to ensure justice for more than a decade of horrific abuses in the Somali region,” said Maria Burnett, East and Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda should include that those responsible for serious human rights violations, however powerful, no longer avoid justice.”

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Somali region’s human rights record

The Somali region, a strategically important border area between Somalia and Ethiopia, has been the site of over a decade of widespread abuses against civilians, both by the Ethiopian army and by the
Liyu police force.

Liyu Police unit was established by the Somali regional government as a counter-terrorism force in 2007, an attack by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group on a Chinese oil exploration that killed 74 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers.

But as early as 2008, human rights groups accused the unit of committing executions, torture, rape, and forced displacement in the Somali Region.

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly pressed for an independent investigation into the crimes committed in this period.


Senegal's Mane seals Liverpool win: Salah proves to be the difference

6 hours 32 minutes ago

Liverpool’s James Milner’s converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime and Sadio Mane added a late second to secure a 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Monday and maintain a 100 percent start to the season.

While Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who is the talisman of Liverpool’s attack was not on the scoresheet, he made major contributions to the Anfield side win.

After Palace’s Andros Townsend rattled the bar with a thundering effort from distance the visitors were awarded a penalty when Mamadou Sakho tripped Mohammed Salah.

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Despite Palace’s protests, Milner kept his cool to fire past Wayne Hennessey and send Juergen Klopp’s side into the halftime break with the advantage.

Palace’s task was made harder 15 minutes from time when defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for bringing down Salah in a goalscoring position.

Mane made it 2-0 in stoppage time with great strength and skill as he broke from the halfway line, after collecting a Salah through ball, and rounded Hennessey before slotting home for Liverpool’s second win in their two games this season.



DRC: experimental ebola treatment 'successful- authorities'

8 hours 23 minutes ago

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) has said a drug used for the first time on Ebola patients, the mAb114, is working well in North Kivu. It said it expects some patients to leave hospital on Tuesday August 21.

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the INRB’s director-general said 10 Ebola patients had received mAb114 in Beni and that they are waiting for its US manufacturers to deliver more doses this week.

“Until now 10 people have already received this treatment (mAb114) via infusion, it’s an hour of treatment, one injection and until now all 10 are getting better and I think Monday or Tuesday the first case will leave the hospital,” said Muyembe.

Muyembe said another five treatments that have been approved by the WHO including Zmapp, Regeneron, Remdesvir and Favipiravir should also be available.

The patients receiving mAb114 have been closely monitored and no side effects have yet been identified although he added it was too early to tell.

The mAb114 treatment was developed in the United States from a blood sample of an Ebola survivor in Kikwit, DRC, in 1995 and was 100 percent effective when tested on monkeys.

Muyembe said if the treatment was fully effective the fight to control the spread of Ebola in North Kivu could move from containment to cure.

On Sunday August 19, the health ministry said they had a total 64 confirmed Ebola cases in North Kivu and that 50 Ebola patients had died since the start of the breakout.

But security is hampering the health workers’ access to areas defined as ‘red zones’ where it is too dangerous to vaccinate contacts of Ebola cases and suspected cases.

As of 15 August, nearly 1,600 contacts, including more than 120 health workers, in North Kivu and Ituri provinces have been registered and are being followed up on a daily basis, the WHO in Geneva said.

“This epidemic (in north Kivu) is going to bring a lot of surprises. It is not like the epidemic in the Equator that we have known already. This epidemic will bring with it a lot of surprises: the number of cases is going up and the number of infected zones is increasing so it will take a long time to control this epidemic and for the anti-virals which the companies will provide us, they are ready to increase the doses,” said Muyembe.

There have been renewed campaigns to raise awareness and inform the public on how to protect themselves.



Asia Argento called sexual assault accuser ‘my son, my love’ in Instagram posts that didn’t age well

9 hours 45 minutes ago

Preview Asia Argento’s Instagram account has revealed that the actress referred to child star Jimmy Bennett – who reported received hush money from Argento after being sexually assaulted by her when he was 17 – as “my son” and “my love.”
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Mo Salah, Ronaldo & Modric on UEFA player of the year shortlist

10 hours 9 minutes ago

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric and have been short-listed for the UEFA Player of the Year award, the sport’s European governing body said on Monday.

Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, helping the English club reach the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals.

Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions League winning team, finished runner-up with Croatia at the World Cup, winning the best player award at the tournament in Russia.

The Portuguese, who has three wins in total, is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011.

VfL Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyonnais forward Ada Hegerberg and defensive midfielder Amandine Henry were short-listed for the women’s award.

The awards will be presented at this season’s Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 30.


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