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Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds, UNHRC Turn a Blind Eye

Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 protesters and arrested tens of thousands more with blatant disregard for human life during widespread protests in the Oromia region since November 2015. The international community turn a blind eye as always and let the regime to get away with it. Does the word ‘Double Standard’ ring a bell?

By Human Rights Watch (HRW),

Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 protesters and others, and arrested tens of thousands more during widespread protests in the Oromia region since November 2015. The Ethiopian government should urgently support a credible, independent investigation into the killings, arbitrary arrests, and other abuses.

The 61-page report. “‘Such a Brutal Crackdown’: Killings and Arrests in Response to Ethiopia’s Oromo Protests,” details the Ethiopian government’s use of excessive and unnecessary lethal force and mass arrests, mistreatment in detention, and restrictions on access to information to quash the protest movement. Continue reading Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds, UNHRC Turn a Blind Eye

Ethiopia Stifles Dissent, Commits Serious Human Rights Violations with Impunity

Oromo leader Merera Gudina says Ethiopia’s “cut off the legs” strategy isn’t working and warns of an Ethiopian intifada.

By Gregory Warner | for NPR,

The Oromo Federalist Congress, an opposition party in Ethiopia, represents the largest ethnic group in the country, the Oromo.

Yet its office in the capital Addis Ababa is virtually deserted, with chairs stacked up on tables. A chessboard with bottle caps as pieces is one of the few signs of human habitation. In a side office, the party’s chairman, Merera Gudina, explains why the place is so empty: Almost everyone has gone to prison.

The deputy chairman? Prison. The party secretary general? House arrest. The assistant secretary general? In prison. Six members of the party’s youth league? All in prison. Continue reading Ethiopia Stifles Dissent, Commits Serious Human Rights Violations with Impunity