Somalia: Alarm bells ring over arms transfers

In a new report, Amnesty International has expressed concerns about increased international supplies of weapons to Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG). These supplies increased during 2009, after the renewed military offensive by armed groups opposing the TFG, and amid fears for the security of international shipping with the escalation of armed piracy off Somalia's coast. Amnesty’s new report notes that unless effectively regulated and monitored, these arms may be used in human rights violations, worsen the humanitarian situation of Somali civilians and exacerbate the conflict. More