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Ethiopia: Human Rights

(Feb. 2, 2008) Mohammed Farah Hassan, an American citizen, has been held in Jijiga, the capital of Somali State in Ethiopia, for over a year. Although the security chief of the region has claimed that Hassan has been sentenced by an Ethiopian court, he did not specify the charges or the sentence and has refused reporters permission to see him. The security chief described Hassan as a "mastermind" behind the Ogaden Liberation Front, an ethnic Somali movement seeking independence from Ethiopia. The Somali State's president has admitted to holding "many" foreign nationals of Somali heritage on suspicion of "international terrorism." (Anita Powell, US Citizen Held in Ethiopia for 1 Year, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jan. 20, 2008.)