Probe sought as hundreds dead in Ethiopian protests

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) – ETHIOPIA has been urged to allow independent international investigations into the killing of over 600 people during sporadic anti-government protests.
The killings that heightened last year particularly in the northern Oromo region are blamed on trigger-happy regional police, federal police and the army, who have on most occasions fired live bullets at the demonstrators.
Oromos took to the streets fearing possible land seizures under the government’s controversial plans to extend the capital Addis Ababa’s administrative control into Oromia.
The protests continued even after the  divisive plan was scrapped. They evolved into demands for accountability for human rights violations, ethnic equality and the release of political prisoners.
The demonstrations spread to the Amara and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Regions.
The East African country’s Human Rights Commission has submitted an oral report to parliament on the protests disclosing 669 people were killed, including 63 members of the security forces. Independent rights groups report as many as 800 have been killed.
The commission, accused of partisanship to government, has absolved the security forces, claiming “proportionate” measures had been taken during the demonstrations.
Human Rights Watch’s Felix Horne advocated for an independent probe to deter government forces from shooting and killing peaceful protesters.
“An international investigation will be an important step in ending Ethiopia’s culture of impunity,” he said.
Ethiopia is not subject to judicial scrutiny as it is not a member of the International Criminal Court.
CAJ News

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