Past eventResearch Event

No Redress: Somalia's Forgotten Minorities

23 February 2011 - 12:30 to 13:30

Chatham House, London


Martin Hill, author of No Redress: Somalia's Forgotten Minorities (Minority Rights Group)
Chair: Tom Cargill, Assistant Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will discuss the findings of a report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) which documents the neglected situation of Somalia's minorities subjected to gross human rights violations.

The MRG report examines the current situation in three regions of Somalia - Somaliland, Puntland and south-central Somalia - where differing political climates have left minorities in a state of desperation. Somalia's minorities are from ethnic groups including Bantu, Benadiri, Gaboye or occupational groups, and also include religious minorities such as Christians.

The report emphasizes, among other recommendations, that the future new Constitution of Somalia must recognize the country's minorities and guarantee their right to non-discrimination; that the participation of minorities in public life should be promoted; and that special measures should be implemented to protect and promote the rights of women from minority communities.

For more information please contact Tighisti Amare.