Somalia Military Tribunal Investigating 60 KDF Human Rights Cases


Mogadishu- A five-member military tribunal put together by the Defense Minister of Somalia has reportedly received 60 complaints against Kenyan forces and allied clan militias based in Kismayo, Lower Jubba region. The cases were received from family members whose loved ones were summarily excuted by Kenyan forces, women who were raped by KDF officers, businessmen whose properties were robbed by KDF and allied militias, and people wrongfully displaced by Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF).

The Defense minister of the Somali Federal Government had earlier announced this five member tribunal to investigate and prosecute military human rights violations including offenses by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops. The mandate of the tribunal is to receive, investigate, prosecute and provide assistance to victims of death, injury, torture, killing, and pillage by AMISOM forces. The tribunal consists of the following five members:

1. Gen. Mohamed Sh. Madobe
2. Dr. Abdullahi Mohamed Hussein
3. Col. Ahmed Hussein Ahmed
4. Col. Abdullahi Mohamed Musse
5. Avv. Kenadid Abdullahi Ali
The committee chairman, General Mohamed Sheikh Madobe, said the submissions were the biggest number of atrocities committed by an AMISOM force since the mission started its operations in Somalia in 2008.

The tribunal vowed to bring perpetrators of human rights abuses against Somali civilians to justice.

Somali Rights
Mogadishu, Somalia

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