Past eventResearch Event

Launch of Human Rights Watch Report: War Crimes and the Devastation of Somalia

11 December 2008 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Chatham House, London


Chris Albin-Lackey, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch



Somalia's citizens suffer daily violence as a result of fighting between Ethiopian military forces, Islamist insurgents, and Somali transitional government. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been driven from their homes this year alone, and much of the Somali capital is a deserted ghost city.

This report describes the widespread patterns of abuse and war crimes that each warring party has committed, and the devastating impact they have had on Somalia's people. It warns that, if left unaddressed, these abuses risk plunging Somalia into a human rights and humanitarian crisis of even more terrifying proportions.