Adal Resources & Development Assistance Association (ARDAA) Press Release: 7/11 Victims are missed & it is NOT a Happy New Year.
Posted by Sawnews.tk on January 10, 2010
Press Release: 7/11 Victims are missed & it is NOT a Happy New Year.
Six months ago, and exactly on July 11, 2009, the most unprecedented and premeditated crime in the history of the young Republic of Somaliland took place on the highway between Hargeisa and Borama. Ali Aw Omer Barre, Daud Hashi Jama, Mawlid Hassan Omer and Ali Mohamud Nur (Bagaashle), all from the Adal Region, were ambushed, slaughtered and their bodies mutilated inhumanely by a known organized criminal group hailing from Gabiley area. Their motive was purely to sabotage the peace and stability and sow the seeds of clan hatred between neighboring communities. This horrible incident was in no way, shape, form or manner related to the “Ceelbardale” land dispute. It was purely a criminal act and a massacre in its ugliest form. It is NOT a Happy New Year for the Adal communities both in and outside the motherland as well as all peace loving Somalilanders because the 7/11 crime still awaits justice.
For half a year, widows of the victims have worn the white robes (weer). For six months, victims’ children, their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors, schoolmates, business partners, students and acquaintances, all have missed Ali, Daud, Mawlid and Ali. It is NOT a Happy New Year for this community at all.
For six months, all is well in Hargeisa: no government official, no political leader, no human rights group, no religious leader and not even a single civil society advocate has mentioned the bloodshed on 7/11. They all failed to heed to our earlier numerous press releases (www.ardaa.org). It is NOT a Happy New Year for the Adal communities both in and outside the motherland as well as all peace loving Somalilanders because the 7/11 crime still awaits justice.
For six months, none of the human rights organizations ever released a single statement about the victims of 7/11 crime. Where is the role of SHURO NET, the umbrella group of various human rights defenders operating in Somaliland? Why is the Somaliland National Human Rights Network, with all of its 63 member organizations, silent about the heinous crime and atrocious and evil killings of Somaliland citizens? We are all aware of the fact that these organizations have vehemently advocated for and issued grieving statements and condolences to the families of the GTZ foreign workers in 2004. We certainly applaud this noble gesture. However, they have issued none when four of their fellow citizens were mercilessly murdered in cold blood. Thus, one may conclude that the groups don’t deserve to carry the title of “Somaliland Human Rights Defenders”. It is, indeed, obvious that all the Somaliland human rights defenders/groups have miserably failed to carry out their mission and mandates which they promoted in their declaration of December 10, 2003. It is NOT a Happy New Year for the peace loving people from across this nation.
By a copy of this press release to SHURO NET, all Somaliland Human Rights Defenders, Human Rights Watch International, we earnestly request them to intervene the situation and press the Somaliland government, its security apparatus, parliament, the Gurti, and the political parties to stand for justice and to apprehend the perpetrators of the 7/11 crime and bring them to court of law without further delay. Justice delayed is justice denied and it is NOT a Happy New Year for human rights activists and advocates in Somaliland and around the Horn.
For 19 years, Somaliland has stood out as an example of democracy and human rights in Africa’s Horn. It obviously reversed the course and is in a free fall now. There is no political will on the part of the government to arrest the criminals and perpetrators of 7/11 crime. Opposition groups have no voice to demand accountability. The general public is in disarray. The traditional structure is in destruction and decay. Peace is therefore in jeopardy.
We, at Adal Resources and Development Assistance Association (ARDAA) strongly believe that peace is seriously at stake here. This is a test to the Somaliland peoples’ will and justice. We overcame difficult problems in the past, and we hope to do the same again.
We consider the mass slaughtering of innocent civilians who did not commit aggression against anyone as an unforgivable crime against humanity. Not only will this hideous crime have harmful effects on the foundation, unity, stability and togetherness of the Somaliland people, but it will also negatively impact on our relationship with the international community.
We, at ARDAA once again call upon the Somaliland government institutions, the political parties, traditional leaders, the civil society, including the human rights groups, and the media to rise above the tribal arrogance that promotes internecine fighting and stand for justice, fairness, and equality for all that leads to success and better life for everyone. At this point we would like to renew our call to remember the victims of 7/11 and to:
Demand those who committed the 7/11 brutal murders be severely punished. Their names and whereabouts are all known to the people on both sides as well as to the Somaliland authorities. We demand a swift action to arrest them according to the laws of the land,
Also demand in no uncertain terms that the culprits of this shameful act be brought to justice immediately. These include the perpetrators and the collaborators of this crime.
Acknowledge that this action would be a “serious black mark” and a setback to the government and people of Somaliland and their efforts to coexist in peace and tranquility, and in their aspirations to become a recognized member of the international community, and
Demand that measures be taken to prevent similar violence again and/or elsewhere in the country.
Finally, in this moment of grief we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of Ali Aw Omer Bare, Daud Hashi Jama, Mawlid Hassan Omer and Ali Mohamed Nur (Bagaashle) and assure them that ARDAA shall keep this issue alive till justice is done.
For and on behalf of Adal Resources and Development Assistance Association (ARDAA)
Hassan K. ABTIDON