Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rapes in Somalia: conflicting accounts

The Monitor has this report about conflicting official information about whether Ugandan soldiers raped civilians in Somalia. Excerpt:
Two senior officers of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have disagreed on claims that some of its soldiers under the African Union peacekeeping operations in Somalia raped or sexually exploited Somali girls and women. 
Col Godard Busingye, the Deputy Chief of Legal Services in the Ministry of Defence, yesterday said some soldiers were arrested and charged in the military court for the alleged sexual offences. 
In stark contrast at the same workshop, the commander of the 4th Division in Gulu, Brig Muhanga Kayanja, maintained the army's previous position that the Human Rights Watch accusation of sexual abuses and exploitation of Somali women against the UPDF peacekeepers were baseless.

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