Thursday, June 16, 2016

Human Rights Watch: Ethiopian Security Forces 'Killed 400 Oromo Protesters' And Arrested Tens Of Thousands Since 2015

Human Rights Watch: Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds

Free Wrongfully Held Detainees, Independent Inquiry Needed.

(Nairobi) – 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. Human Rights Watch interviews in Ethiopia and abroad with more than 125 protesters, bystanders, and victims of abuse documented serious violations of the rights to free expression and peaceful assembly by security forces against protesters and others from the beginning of the protests in November 2015 through May 2016.

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More News On Human Rights Watch report On The Ongoing Violence In The Ethiopian Region Of Oromo

Ethiopian forces 'killed 400 Oromo protesters' -- BBC
Human Rights Watch says more than 400 killed in Ethiopia protests -- Reuters
Group: Ethiopia’s security forces killed over 400 protesters -- AP
Ethiopia killed 'over 400' in protest crackdown: HRW -- AFP
Ethiopia 6-month crackdown leaves at least 400 dead -- Financial Times
Ethiopia security forces kill 400 since november, group says -- Bloomberg
Lethal Government Force Brings Ethiopian Region to Fearful Standstill -- NYT

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