SOMALI PEACE RALLY
Galkaio City, Somalia, August 18th 2002
SPR Condemns Slaying of Puntland Traditional leader
Galkaio City, Somalia, August 18th 2002 – Somali Peace Rally – The Somali
Peace Rally is shocked, deeply saddened and outraged by the murder of
Puntland Traditional Leader, Suldaan Ahmed Mohamed Hurre, a prominent and
courageous voice for peace and stability in Puntland and Somalia at large.
The Suldan was pulled out of his mother's home in Kalabayr village (between
Garoowe and Galkacyo) and brutally shot five times in the head by the
special guards of Col. Abdullahi Yousuf on Saturday morning 17 August 2002
as reported by eyewitnesses. The Suldan Hurre and the perpetrator, the man
who gave the introduction to kill Hurre have accidentally met in the
We strongly condemn and denounces those responsible for the assassination of
Mr. Hurre, specifically the barbaric attacks done by Col. Yousuf and his
ruthless militia who are bent on killing the traditional leaders, military
leaders as well as the intellectuals. We urge that evil perpetrators be
brought to justice. The SPR also strongly condemns the unprovoked and
senseless killing of unarmed civilians and kidnapping of civil society
leaders from their houses by Col. Yousuf's militia..
Mr. Hurre was a well-known and relatively young responsible traditional
leader in Puntland and a courageous voice for the truth and peace.
Sultan Hurre had been harassed numerous times by Col. Yousuf's militiamen.
In spite of such intimidating tactics Sultan Hurre never tired in his
efforts to promote peace campaign, freedom of speech and provide his fellow
citizens with alternatives to dictatorial character of warlord col. Yousuf.
Suldan Hure consistently challenged Col. Abdullahi Yousuf’s policy of
eliminating political adversaries in Puntland regions. He was also one of
the traditional leaders who opposed the prolongation of Col. Yousuf's
unconstitutional mandate in August 2001.
Suldan Hurre who always stood for dialogue and common sense, indeed an
examplenary leader, will be missed by the people of Puntland and all peace
loving Somalis. His death was a tragic national loss, and a broad-day-light
murder by some one claiming leadership. Certainly his murder demonstrates
the dangerous environment the Col. Yousuf's dictatorial actions has created
in his attempts to silence independent voices and minds in Puntland.
We note that the killing of Mr. Hurre has following Col. Abdullahi Yousuf’s
barbaric killing of another leader in Garowe (Col. Farah Dheere) few months
ago, and indiscriminate massacre to the people of Bari Region.
We strongly urge the World Community to stand up to new Miloshevic in
Puntland and call for Human Rights organisations to investigate the mass
barbaric killings of Col. Yousuf in Puntland State.
SPR believes that political grievances be addressed through dialogue and
the democratic structures of the traditional society and the constitution of
the state - not through brute force and elimination of people with
diverging political stances.
The SPR would like to express its deepest sympathies to the families of the
deceased and to all the families of the
recent victims of terrorist violence of Col. Yousuf in Puntland.
Our condolences and thoughts are with Mr. Hurre’s family, Puntland people
and the Somalis at large, and his friends and Colleagues in this time of