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Posted by African Press International on May 8, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

Against the background of its slogan: Somalia: War Crimes Must Stop”!, Amnesty International on Wednesday, issued a desperate call to Western governments to act urgently and save the human race further executions, gang rape and violence attacks that characterise the political upheaval prevailing in Somalia.

Condemning the disastrous effects of these crimes on teenagers, with all the human rights crisis, Amnesty declares that: Somali and Ethiopian soldiers are to blame for most of these atrocities.

“The world governments must rise up and intervene”, said the human rights charity.

Amnestys Africa deputy programme director, Michelle Kagari, has also warned that: Attacks on civilians by all parties must stop immediately.

Somalia has been ravaged by chaos and civil war since 1991, when warlords overthrew Mohamed Siad Barre and sparked brutal clan infighting.

Ethiopias invasion in December 2006 to install the transitional government in Mogadishu ended up uniting various Islamic militant groups in Somalia, who launched a guerrilla war that has lasted for more than a year.

The United Nations documents that the level of violence is very high in Somalia but in particular Mogadishu is going through its worst time in terms of war for the last 17 years of the conflict.

Deaths of civilians rising each day, with unspeakable displacement of civilians from the war-torn region.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has consistently expressed concern over the renewed violence and the substantial loss of life, especially among civilians.

Crimes have persisted despite the UN warnings, urging parties to the conflict in Mogadishu to refrain from the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force that endangers the lives of civilians, particularly in heavily populated civilian areas and that any targeting of non-combatants is a violation of international humanitarian law.

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