Piracy: “Get The Dirty Dozen” Says Lang

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Jan 252011

Jack Lang warns the UN Security Council UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Providing Jobs for young Somalis, neutralising heads of pirate gangs and lifting legal constraints to prosecute and imprison the pirates and criminalize their sea-borne raids in all states are among key measured urged by Jack Lang,special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Somali piracy, in a Security Council briefing.

Warns Lang: “The situation is serious.  I would even say it’s worsening,” said Special Adviser Jack Lang, warning that the pirates, whose activities had reportedly reached record levels last year, were becoming “the masters” of the Indian Ocean.  In the race between the some 1,500 pirates and the international community, the pirates were clearly winning, he said.

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The Other Victims Of Piracy – Kids

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Nov 092010

Somali Kids with AKs

Seafarers are not the only victims of Somali piracy, so are the country’s children, now being recruited by warlords to man their skiffs. It comes as no surprise in country where militia backing the west-supported Transitional Federal Government, TFG, as well as the radical Islamist movements such as Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam, actively recruit children.

“Some parties are using the radio, schools and putting pressure on parents” to recruit children, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, told reporters in New York after her visits to Kenya and Somalia last week. Ms. Coomaraswamy said that killing and maiming of children was widespread in Somalia, adding that she had met some children with bullets still lodged in their bodies after being shot during clashes. Schools were often attacked as rival groups sought to impose their own curricula, she said. Continue reading »