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September 27, 2012

Mass Graves exhumations begin in Somaliland by a Peruvian forensic anthropology team (EPAF)


Mass Graves exhumations begin in Somaliland by a Peruvian forensic anthropology team (EPAF)

A Peruvian forensic anthropology team has started on a project that is expected to reveal details of the widespread atrocities that were committed under the rule of dictator Siyad Barre against the people of Somaliland.

Truth behind enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture and other human rights violations of Somalilanders is about to be unearthed.

The Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team – EPAF, has begun exhumations in in the country, as part of a five-year agreement signed with the government thus unearth the truth behind an estimated 60,000 civilian deaths and hundreds of victims of enforced disappearances from 1970 to 1991.

The EPAF team which will also training local forensic personnel and college students of biomedical sciences in order to avail of the country relevant forensic expertise.

The exhumations result from the enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture and other human rights violations perpetrated during the reign of dictator Siyad Barre whose underlings are credited with the over 60,000 deaths and hundreds of unexplained disappearances

One of the main perpetrators in this case is General Mohamed Ali Samatar, who was Vice President and Defense Minister of the Democratic Republic of Somalia from 1980 to 1986. In January 1987, Samatar took over as Prime Minister of Somalia, until the fall of Barre dictatorship in 1990.

During the cause of its duties, the Jose Pablo’s led EPAF team that also includes a number of international journalists is assisted by Mr. Abdiaziz Mohamed Diriye who was part of the team that brought Gen Ali Samatar to justice in the USA where he was found guilty of committing atrocities against Somalilanders and fine $21 Million.

While informing that most of the mass graves documented has a minimum of 12 corpses the national massacre investigations committee, which is supporting the EPAF, work, gave the following breakdown of mass graves so far identified:-

I. Hargeisa (Maroodi-Jeeh region) – 200 mass graves

II. Berbera (Sahil region) – 12 mass graves

III. Burao (Togdheer region) – 8 mass graves

IV. Sheikh (Sahil region) – 1 mass grave

V. Erigavo (Sanaag region) – 2 mass graves

VI. Arabsiyo (Gabile region) – 1 mass grave

The Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the right to truth, justice, and guarantees of non-repetition in cases of forced disappearance and extrajudicial execution. EPAF seeks to contribute to the consolidation of peace and democracy where grave human rights violations have taken place by working alongside the families of the disappeared to find their loved ones, gain access to justice, and improve the conditions affecting their political and economic development.

To achieve these goals, EPAF works in four principal areas: Forensic Investigation, Historical Memory, Forensic Training, and Human Development.

 Peruvian Forensic Anthropology (EPAF): http://epafperu.org/epaf-inicia-exhumaciones-en-somalilandia/

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November 20, 2010

Somaliland President Ahmed “Silanyo” met with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi


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Somaliland President Ahmed “Silanyo” met with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Addis Ababa, November 18, 2010 (Addis Ababa) – Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the existing cooperation between Ethiopia and Somaliland would further be strengthened.

The premier received and held talks with the new Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamud Ahmud here on Thursday.

On the occasion, Meles said the age-long cooperation between the two countries would further be consolidated.

The premier confirmed that Ethiopia would extend its support to Somaliland in the areas of security, peace, trade and communication, among others.

The two leaders conferred on issues of mutual concerns and continental affairs and as to how enhance their cooperation.

The Somaliland president on his part said he would exert maximum efforts to boost the existing bilateral relation between Ethiopia and Somaliland.

President Ahmed expressed his delight over the discussion with PM Meles.

The new Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamud Ahmud arrived here on Wednesday for a three-day official visit to exchange views to further enhance existing relations of his country with Ethiopia.

September 21, 2010

Somaliland:President Silanyo Paid a Visit to Hargeisa’s New Bridge construction site


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Video:Somaliland|President Silanyo Paid a Visit to Hargeisa’s New Bridge construction site

 

Hargeisa: The President Was Accompanied By Haji Abdikarim of House of Elders And Members of His Cabinet, his Personel M-Haji and his Spokesman Abdilahi Cukuse.

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September 20, 2010

Danish delegation in Somaliland


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Danish delegation in Somaliland:President Silanyo receives a delegation from Denmark

Danish Delegation in Somaliland

Hargeisa – The president of Somaliland, His Excellency Ahmed M. Silanyo today received in his office a delegation from Denmark lead by Ms. Sus Ulbæk Kaaliyaha , deputy Minister of foreign affairs of the Danish government . The president briefed the delegation about the current security situation in Somaliland as well as the success that Somaliland achieved through democratic processes. The president also briefed the delegation about the fight against piracy in the region spear-headed by Somaliland and the support required to sustain effective campaign against it in the region.

Mr. Silanyo reiterated the foreign aid that the government and the people of Somaliland need in development and sustainable democracy in the region.

The Danish delegation in turn commended the people and the government of Somaliland on the recent elections in the country and the peaceful transfer of power afterwards. Ms Sus said that her government will work directly with the government of Somaliland and that all aid allotted for Somaliland will be directly given instead of routing it through aid agencies. The deputy director also promised that her government will closely work with Somaliland on security and development issues as well as on ways of sustaining the commendable democratic successes that Somaliland achieved since 1991.

Danish Delegation in Somaliland

The Danish delegation consisted of:

1. Ms. Sus Ulbæk, deputy Minister of foreign affairs of the Danish government

2. Ms. Anne Ehrenreich Head of Department MoFA, Denmark

3. H.E. Geert Aagaard Andersen, (new) Ambassador to Kenya (GAA)

4. Mr. Thomas Thomsen, Chief Adviser, MoFA Denmark

5. Mrs. Betina Gollander, Counsellor Development (BG)

6. Ms. Pernille Mortensen, 1st Secretary, Embassy of Denmark, Addis Ababa

July 30, 2010

VIDEOS: How Kenyan TVs Reported “Inauguration Of Somaliland New President” 2010


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VIDEOS: How Kenyan TV’s Reported “Inauguration Of New Somaliland President” 2010

1) Kenyan NTV Report: Somaliland Democracy in the horn 2010

2) Kenyan KTN TV Report on Somaliland New President  Inauguration 2010

July 28, 2010

New Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo Sworn in


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New Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo Sworn in

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo

New Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo Sworn in

HARGEISA, Republic of SomaliLand — The newly-elected president of Somaliland was sworn in Tuesday following June polls widely acclaimed as peaceful and democratic.

Outgoing president Dahir Riyale Kahin handed over power to Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo during a ceremony at the presidential palace in the capital Hargeisa.

“I solemnly transfer power to the new president, my brother Ahmed Silanyo, who defeated me in the recent elections,” said Riyale, who had been in power since 2002.

“I will work with him by giving my support and I call upon all of you to unite in his support,” he added. “There is a huge and difficult task ahead of our brother so let us help him succeed in his work.”

Silanyo, who has a degree from the London School of Economics and runs the Kulmiye party, is Somaliland’s fourth president since the territory unilaterally proclaimed its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991.

“I ask for your support to fulfil my commitments and, as of tomorrow, I will start appointing my government,” Silanyo said at the ceremony.

The elections were held on June 26, on the day of Somaliland’s 50th anniversary of independence  from Britain.

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July 12, 2010

VIDEO|Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Silanyo Sent a Video Message to Somaliland Diaspora Community


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President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Silanyo

Video|Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Silanyo Sent a Video Message to Somaliland Diaspora Community:

Video|Madaxweynaha la doortay oo farriin u diray Jaaliyadaha Somaliland ee dibedaha:

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