Sultan Hurre Remembrance Day
0054/2005, 17 August 2005)
17 August 2005 is
the third anniversary of the killing of Sultan Ahmed Mohamed Hurre,
who symbolises for all the Somalis killed for political reasons. The
respected, educated Sultan was killed point blank at Kalabayr of
Puntland on August 17, 2002 by the bodyguards of Col. Abdullahi
Ahmed Yusuf, the current leader of the so-called transitional
federal government of Somalia. The Colonel admitted that his
bodyguards killed the Sultan while he was the disputed President of
the Puntland State of Somalia. Col. Yusuf did this admission in
submission he made to the High Court of Justice in London, even
though he had denied his knowledge of the death of the respected
sultan. The fact remains that Col. Yusuf was in a stone’s throw when
the Sultan was gunned down under his supervision.
assassinations have also taken place in Puntland and elsewhere in
Somalia. Colonel Farah Mohamed Said (Farah Dheere), a respected
businessman was gunned down by no one but the same bodyguards of the
Colonel. It is also remembered that the special bodyguards of Col.
Yusuf were implicated in the broad-day-light killing of Abdirahman
Aidid, a well known Somali politician, in 1984 in Dire Dawa. Aidid
was the Colonel’s political rival at the time while Col. Yusuf was
the Chairman of Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).
Despite the dismal
record of the Colonel, it was deplorable to see that the appointed
Somali members of parliament elected Col. Yusuf as the “President”
of transitional set-up in Somalia.
As SHHRF had predicted, Somalia is
moving towards another cycle of killings and civil war similar to
that of the 1990s when armed opposition officers attempted to solve
political problems with brute force. It is unfortunate that the fate
of many innocent Somalis is written in the wall as Col. Yusuf is
gearing up for a war to be waged against his political adversaries
in the south of Somalia.
SHHRF is condemning the use of political violence in settling
political differences. We remind the Somali people and the
international community that the leader of Somalia’s fledgling
interim set-up had eliminated his political adversaries and has no
qualms in doing it again and again.
We urge all Somalis, the international community as well as the
human rights agencies in Somalia and worldwide to take to task
Somalia’s new dictator and his sponsors. No more killings of
Somalis, let alone its intellectual leaders.
Human Rights Focus (SHHRF)