(Voice of America) – In its recently-released report on human rights practices, the U.S. Department of State found that serious human rights abuses continued in Somalia during 2015. Major human rights abuses included killings of civilians by the al-Shabaab terrorist group, Somali security forces, and unknown assailants. Violence and discrimination against women and girls, including rape and female genital mutilation were widespread. Civilians did not have the ability to change their government through voting in free and fair elections.