THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS RELEASES A SECOND PRESS STATEMENT CALLING ON ETHIOPIA, THE AFRICAN UNION AND THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING MECHANISMS TO TAKE STEPS REGARDING THE GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN ETHIOPIA
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is deeply alarmed by the deteriorating human rights situation in Ethiopia, and especially, the arbitrary killing, arrest and detention of protesters.
According to reports, the Ethiopian government forces have killed more than 500 protestors since November 2015, and have arrested and detained thousands.
We recall that on the eve of calls for protests, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile-Mariam has warned that measures will be taken against protesters. Eventually, when protests took place in the Amhara and Oromia regions in August 2016, nearly a hundred protesters were killed. The public statements of warning by the senior government officials stirred the suspicion that the ongoing human rights abuses by government forces are happening by the approval of the Ethiopian government.
The Ethiopian government has rejected the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (UNOHCHR) request that the government allow international observers to assess the human rights violation in Ethiopia. The government has stated that it would establish a domes tic body to investigate the matter.
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