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HRW Allegations: AMISOM probes cases of sexual abuse by soldiers in Somalia

In September Human Right Watch released a detailed report documenting the sexual exploitation and abuse of Somali women and girls on two AMISOM bases in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, since 2013.

The report titled “The Power these Men Have Over Us – Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia” states: “The AU soldiers, relying on Somali intermediaries, have used a range of tactics, including humanitarian aid, to coerce vulnerable women and girls into sexual activity. They have also raped or otherwise sexually assaulted women who were seeking medical assistance or water at AMISOM bases.

Based on interviews with 21 women and girls, who described being raped or sexually exploited by Ugandan or Burundian military personnel serving with the AU forces, the report has drawn immediate reaction from the AU.

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, was quick to respond to the report and authorized the deployment of an Investigation Team to look into allegations” which was issued in Nairobi, Kenya on 8 September, 2014.

 

The HRW report is available here http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/somalia0914_ForUpload.pdf

The AU response can be read here http://amisom-au.org/2014/10/the-african-union-au-establishes-a-team-to-investigate-allegations-of-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse-sea-by-the-au-mission-in-somalia-amisom/

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