State of emergency worsens Ethiopia woes

Estimates say that over 400 Oromo protesters were killed in November 2015, and thousands others arrested by Ethiopian security forces during the protests.

Estimates say that over 400 Oromo protesters were killed in November 2015, and thousands others arrested by Ethiopian security forces during the protests.

From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – Heavy-handed measures by the Ethiopian government are set to escalate a deepening crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 800 protesters.

The warning comes after the government issued a directive imposing wide-ranging restrictions as part of a state of emergency.

The directive authorises arrests without warrants, as well as rehabilitation measures.

Rights experts pointed out that when such measures have been used in the past, they have led to arbitrary detention of protesters at remote military facilities without access to their families and lawyers.

“These measures will deepen, not mitigate, the underlying causes of the sustained protests we have seen throughout the year, which have been driven by deep-seated human rights grievances,” said East African region human rights expert, Muthoni Wanyeki.

Protests began last November when ethnic Oromos took to the streets fearing possible land seizures under the government’s Addis Ababa Masterplan, which aimed to expand the capital’s administrative control into Oromia.

The protests continued even after the Addis Ababa Masterplan was scrapped, evolving into demands for accountability for human rights violations, ethnic equality and the release of political prisoners.

At least 600 protesters have been killed in Oromia and 200 in Amhara since November last year.
– CAJ News

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