Somaliland, the self-proclaimed independent state in northern Somalia, has cited security concerns over the displacement of hundreds of people from its territory, which has sparked criticism at the United Nations.
Details of the evacuation of Mogadishu “skewed” to portray the region as a villain, officials in Hargeisa, the capital, said in a statement.
Officials described the decision as part of Somaliland’s “sovereign” responsibility and said it was “motivated by security issues Issues, including appeals from local communities and authorities. “
” The Prime Minister of Somalia has chosen to share unfounded information and baseless allegations regarding Somaliland’s legal and necessary decision to deport people who are illegally settled in Las Anod district, the provincial capital of the Sool region, Somaliland, ”they said, referring to n based on criticism from Somali Prime Minister Hussein Roble.
“The government (of Somaliland), so its record is not being distorted by neighboring Somalia, its inability to meet its own internal and external governance obligations , has led it to crackdown on others in order to distract the international community from its own shortcomings, “it added.
Somaliland, which has existed for three decades with its own institutions, remains internationally undetected and worried on Sunday and Monday for controversy after hundreds of families were expelled who were believed to be causing safety concerns among locals.
People, including pregnant women and nursing mothers, were transported on trucks and in near the border regions to neighboring Puntland, a state of Somalia.
United Nations humanitarian officials n and the Somali NGO consortium said the forced relocation of people from Las Anod was a violation of human rights.
“The humanitarian community deeply regrets the arrest and subsequent forced relocation of more than 1,000 women, children and men from (Las Anod) L as Canood, Sool region on October 2nd and 3rd, “the statement said.
” We are also very concerned about the reports of further planned evictions in the coming days . ”
Although Somaliland says the displaced groups have raised security concerns in local communities, authorities did not provide any further details.
The move came after a local ombudsman was reportedly murdered had been. A spokesman for the Somaliland Liaison Office in Nairobi said the displaced did not have the correct papers.
The region, one of the safest in Somalia, has a good track record of dealing with terrorism and has largely escaped Wrath of the Al-Shabaab fighters who attacked and controlled parts of central and southern Somalia.
During the eviction, which they called “deportation”, they were given the stick.
“The expulsion of Somalis from Somali territory is shameful, ugly and dishonorable,” said PM Roble the previous Monday.
“To order people who have acted peacefully to simply come from the southern regions, is an unfortunate event that will go down in history, “he added.
Faysal Ali Warabe, the chairman of UCID, one of Somaliland’s opposition parties, expressed his sorrow but agreed that the agency should in Las Anod have the right to his safety to protect.
“The authorities should expel the unwanted persons in an orderly manner,” Warabe told the media.
Somaliland has after the collapse of the military regime of the late General Mohamed Siad Barre in In 1993 it ran its own government, currency, military and institutions.
Hundreds of people from Las Anod arrived in Burtinle, Puntland on Saturday.
They were reportedly as from southern Somalia identified and arrested, taken to a stadium in the city and ordered to board trucks.
Prime Minister Roble expressed displeasure at the news on Sunday during a visit to Barawe, the capital of South West state that hundreds of Somalis have been expelled from Somaliland.
Although it is in the controversial Sool region claimed by both Somaliland and Puntland, Las Anod is under the control of Somaliland.