Creating a Legal Framework for Terrorism Defectors and Detainees in Somalia
|Creating a Legal Framework for Terrorism Defectors and Detainees in Somalia|
Counter-Terrorism Human Rights
Since the military offensive against Al-Shabaab by African Union and Somali forces in Somalia in 2011, many terrorists have defected or been detained. To encourage defections, the Somali President has issued multiple amnesty decrees to members of Al-Shabaab. However, Somalia faces the problem of how to mange these former terrorists within the context of a very weak legal system, grappling with twenty-five years of civil conflict. Through multiple interviews with people working in Somalia on the national program for rehabilitating and reintegrating former terrorists, this Note maps out the current legal framework for handling terrorists and evaluates its effectiveness.