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Somali Torture Victim Wins Small but Important Step Toward Justice

Expand People walk down a street in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 1991. © 1991 AP Photo/Sayyid Azim On May 21, a US court ruled in favor of a plaintiff who alleged that Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former commander of Somalia’s Siad Barre government, tortured him in 1987. The court awarded the plaintiff, Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa – a teenager at the time of the alleged torture – $500,000 in damages. Human Rights Watch, then Africa Watch, documented summary executions and torture against perceived opponents from nomadic communities, such as Farhan, and found between 50,000 to 60,000 people…

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