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Press-release from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:15:25 AM »
I got this press-release from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience:

President Trump: Please put Somalia on your watch-list

When Trump became president, he considered to restrict people from 12 countries from entering the United States.

We believe that he should put all those countries which were formerly a part of Somalia on this list.

In one part now known as Somaliland a new industry has established itself. It is a industry of extreme religious boarding schools where parents who live in the United States and Europe can send their children to if the children become too American or too European in their customs.

That is a problem when we address the security issues in every country in the world because closed school environments can be abused allowing the children to be forced into being taught about violence and that terrorism can be a tool to change the world.

We ordinary citizens in Europe and United States want to live in peace. Allowing children to leave our countries so they are placed in schools abroad where they learn to disgust our way of life and even fight it, is a serious threat against our peaceful lives.

We urge Trump and the American administration to put the area of Somalia on a watch list. We ask their customs to detain and interview every traveller leaving for and coming from the Somali area so it can be determined if they are parents or relatives to a child being detained at one of these boarding schools.

If they have a child at one of these schools they should be detained until the child is safely back in the United States where they then should be put under the protection of the social services.

If the parents then should be allowed to stay in the United States must be up to the court system to decide.

We are aware that many of the parents of Somali origins believe that they are only doing what other American parents do when they hire professionals to put their children in handcuffs and shackles so the children can be taken to Missouri or Utah where they are put into likewise religious boarding schools. The parents have a point.

Why target children with one religion when children are put through similar abuse just inside the United States?

Well. In an ideal world the United States should also put their foot down on all closed boarding schools in the United States. No child should be allowed to be contained under conditions which allows them less rights and more severe conditions compared to what they would experience in local prisons if they had broken the laws and the conditions in local boarding schools in Missouri and Utah are really bad.

But the laws are not there. Federal legislation making it difficult to bring children across state lines into states where legislators and law authorities do not care about children are not in place.

But border control to and from outside United States exist. Here is a chance to put the foot down and prevent abuse and the possibility that the children are introduced into terrorism.

That is why the United States should put the areas of the former Somalia on their watch list and restrict travelling to and from this area.

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Re: Press-release from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2017, 04:21:16 AM »
There has been a death at one of these boarding schools. It is under investigation from the local police and the US is pressing for a result:

Quote from: Star Tribune
Somalis investigate Minnesota-born teen's death at boarding school

A Minneapolis-born student died after being attacked at a boarding school.
by Libor Jany Star Tribune, August 25 - 2015

Somali police officials have launched an investigation into the brutal death of a Minneapolis-born boarding school student following mounting pressure from U.S. authorities.

In an e-mail to the young man's family, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office said that authorities in Puntland, a region of northern Somalia, had begun a probe into the death of 17-year-old Ammar Abdihamid Abdirahman. The announcement came weeks after the U.S. State Department got involved, insisting that local authorities take seriously the death of an American citizen.

Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi increased pressure on Puntland authorities in recent weeks after learning of the death.

Abdirahman was reportedly tortured and killed in early May by a group of attackers who entered his dorm room, said Somali community activist Omar Jamal. Investigators are expected to look into reports that the headmaster of the since-shuttered school was involved in the assault.

The boy's cries for help could be heard from outside the room by his roommates, including several other young men from Minneapolis, Jamal said.

An initial autopsy suggested that Abdirahman died of strangulation.

For months, Abdirahman's mother, Shukri Hersi, heard nothing from Puntland authorities about the circumstances surrounding his death, until she decided to contact state authorities for help, Jamal said.

Jamal said that Hersi had initially been reluctant to approach authorities about her son's death after hearing from some community members who insisted that doing so would be courting more trouble.

"The mother was completely misled and misinformed and I don't understand why some members of the community are telling her to go quietly into the night," he said. "I don't want the Somali community to be afraid of the U.S. government."

Jamal said that her fears were compounded by the recent arrests of a group of young Somali men accused of plotting to support Sunni extremists in the Middle East, a high-profile case that has strained relations between the local immigrant community and law enforcement.

It isn't uncommon for Somali parents to send their children to boarding schools in their homeland to become more attuned with their culture and learn discipline, community leaders say. The practice, called dhaqan celis (loosely translated as "rehab kids"), isn't without controversy, as critics point out that the students, many of whom were born in the United States, often encounter a similar cultural gap in Somalia.

A spokeswoman for the State Department didn't respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Daniel Kennedy, an attorney for the family, on Tuesday corrected comments made in an earlier television news report suggesting that his client had been killed because he was American.

"I think it's a situation where in a tragedy like this, you search for a reason," Kennedy said.