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Somaliland / Ethiopia: Fear of torture / Incommunicado detention / forcible return

, Index number: AFR 25/026/2007

According to reports the Somaliland authorities forcibly returned five Ethiopian men (Mohamed Sheikh Abdi Sheikh Mahamud, Mohamed Adan Omar, Jowhar Sheikh Bashir, Khadar Abdi Tarsan and Mohamed Abdi Aar) to the Ethiopian security forces on 13 October 2007. They had been arrested allegedly for political reasons at the request of the Ethiopian authorities in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa. The men are believed to be held in military custody in Jijiga, the capital of the Ogaden region. Amnesty International is concerned that they are being held incommunicado and are at risk of torture or

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