UN outraged at deadly Ethiopia skirmishesFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations human rights experts expressed anger at the killing of some 600 protesters, arbitrary arrests and abductions during Ethiopian authorities’ violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.
The experts highlighted in particular the recent events in Oromia, outside Addis Ababa where 55 people were killed in a stampede following government operatives opening fire on revelers at a thanksgiving festival.
“We are outraged at the alarming allegations of mass killings, thousands of injuries, tens of thousands of arrests and hundreds of enforced disappearances,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.
“The scale of this violence and the shocking number of deaths make it clear that this is a calculated campaign to eliminate opposition movements and silence dissenting voices.”
The experts underlined the urgent need to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the violence.
In light of the lack of progress in investigating the systematic violence against protesters, they urged the government to allow an international independent commission to assist in shedding light of the allegations.
The UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances urged the authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of those disappeared and emphasized all allegations of enforced disappearances must be thoroughly and independently investigated and perpetrators held accountable.
Ethiopia’s current wave of mass protests began in the Oromia region in November 2015, in response to the Government’s ‘Master Plan’ to expand Addis Ababa’s boundaries, which would lead to the displacement of Oromo farmers.
– CAJ News
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