The forced eviction of thousands of Somalis from their makeshift camps amid rebuilding efforts in Mogadishu has led to "large scale" rights abuses, Amnesty International warned in a report released Friday (September 13th).
"It is completely unacceptable for people who have fled to the capital for protection to be forcibly evicted. It has resulted in large scale human rights abuses," said Gemma Davies, Amnesty International's Somalia researcher. "The government has a responsibility to protect this vulnerable sector of society and ensure their security."
"Despite security improvements, large areas of Mogadishu remain profoundly unsafe, particularly in areas where the government has not managed to gain full control which include the places displaced people are expected to go," Davies said.
The report called on the Somali government to fulfil its obligation "to ensure the protection and respect of the rights of all communities, especially the more vulnerable sectors of society, such as [internally displaced persons]."