Second Somali Diaspora Conference in Washington, DC
December 10, 2007
WASHINGTON DC -- On November 30 & December 1,
2007 approximately two hundred Somali-Americans and Somali-Canadians
convened a major conference in the Washington, DC Metro area. The attendees
agreed to forge a unified front to free Somalia from occupation and oppression, and
to bring a lasting peace and freedom to the Somali people.
The attendees agreed to urge all Somalis to:
- Transcend tribal and regional divisions while embracing national identity
and unity as our guiding principles
- Promote the principle of tolerance, fairness, and that injustice to one is
injustice to all
- Play an active and a positive role in bringing lasting peace to our homeland
by joining forces with "Somali Cause"
- Develop an all-inclusive, competence based system for post liberation
governance to avoid the return of warlordism and chaos
- Increase universal awareness on the plight of the Somali people brought
about by the occupation and tyranny.
The attendees agreed to urge the international community, particularly
the United Nations, United States Government, European Union, Arab
League, African Union, and Organization of Islamic Conference to:
- Demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Ethiopian troops
- Compel the Ethiopian forces and the Somali Transitional Federal
Government (TFG) to immediately cease shelling civilian areas and to stop
denying food aid to the displaced people
- Replace the Ethiopian troops with forces from Muslim & non-frontline
African states, equipped with a clear mandate
- Provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the over one million
internally displaced people (IDP) in Somalia, especially in and around
- Demand the immediate halt of the rampant human rights abuses, the
closing of independent media, and the arrest of journalists
- Facilitate an all inclusive reconciliation conference in a neutral and safe
- Respect the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia while
addressing the legitimate grievances of regions
- Establish an international criminal court for Somalia to rigorously
investigate and prosecute war crimes and human rights violations that have
been committed by any party against the civilian population
- Demand the immediate release of all political prisoners and victims of
widespread arbitrary detention.
Somali Cause, a first of its kind of union of Somalis across tribal and regional
affiliations, was founded by the following organizations:
- Alliance for Peace and Development (AFPD), Columbus, OH
- Baltimore Somali Community, Baltimore, MD
- Greater Boston Somali Community, Boston, MA
- Somali American Peace Council (SAPC), Washington DC
- Somali Canadian Diaspora Alliance (SCDA), Toronto, Canada
- Somali Diaspora Network (SDN), Fairfax, VA
- Somali Institute for Peace and Justice (SIPJ), Minneapolis, MN
- United Somali Diaspora (USD), Minneapolis, MN
We invite and encourage others to join with the Somali Cause in bringing justice,
peace and stability to Somalia. To watch more photos, click here.
To join Somali Cause or for more information, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (202) 285-0780 or mail us at 1425 K ST NW STE
350 Washington DC, 20005-3514.
Contact Person: Abdulkadir Abdirahman, Somali Cause, Chairman
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