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Ethiopia: - Thousands of illegal weapons seized by Ethiopian Police

International rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called on the Ethiopian government to arrest a rising spate of insecurity in the country.

Maria Burnett, HRW’s director for East Africa and the Horn, said ethnically and religiously-charged killings particularly in the Oromia and Somali regional states were a huge cause for worry.

In a statementtitled: ‘Ethiopia Violence A Concern Despite Reform Promises,’ she stressed that the only way Ethiopians could genuinely benefit from Prime Minister Abiy’s bold agenda for change was for the killings to be curtailed, investigated and perpetrators brought to book.

It detailed recent events especially in Jijiga, capital of the Somali regional state, where deaths, injuries, looting and burning of public and private properties were reported in the wake of a security standoff between federal and regional forces.

It specifically mentioned the involvement of two regional groups, Heego and Liyu police as complicit in the violence. Heego is a youth group loyal to deposed regional president Abdi Mohamud Omar and the Liyu police – a paramilitary force.

“Ethiopian authorities established the Liyu police in 2007 to combat the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF); the paramilitary force has frequently been implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape,” the statement added.

It also enumerated instances of violence resulting in deaths across other parts of the country. At least 15 people in other parts of the country – DireDawa city, Shashemene, Tape town, and Adama city – were also killed in ethnically-charged mob justice and rioting in August.

“The political and ethnic dynamics around these recent killings show that despite reforms and improved rhetoric on human rights from the federal government, insecurity is still a problem – particularly where Liyu police roam unchecked.

 

People in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state flooded the streets as they welcomed the release from detention of Merera Gudina, a leading opposition voice in the country. Thousands of people clad in apparels that bore Gudina’s picture lined the streets leading to his residence where the authorities sent him after his release. Local media portals showed other people holding placards and banners welcoming Gudina back. The respected academic and leader of main opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) had been in detention since December 2016. displayAdvert("mpu_3") His release comes barely two weeks after the government said it was dropping cases against a number of politician prisonsers as a means of engendering national unity. Gudina and over 500 others were released in the first phase of the announced reform. In Burayu town, some 23 km in the western outskirt of #AddisAbeba, the youth are waiting for Dr. #MereraGudina with banners that read (rough translation): “Incarceration & intrigue will not reverse the #Oromo struggle” & “When oppressed, even milk bursts out of its container.” pic.twitter.com/SmY9KvC9Mp— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) January 17, 2018 #Ethiopia: Massive turnout to welcome Dr Mararaa Guddinaa in Burayu town. pic.twitter.com/VAVw2Ta4cm— Addis Gazetta (@addisgazetta) January 17, 2018 More" />
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Ethiopia: - Thousands of illegal weapons seized by Ethiopian Police

International rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called on the Ethiopian government to arrest a rising spate of insecurity in the country.

Maria Burnett, HRW’s director for East Africa and the Horn, said ethnically and religiously-charged killings particularly in the Oromia and Somali regional states were a huge cause for worry.

In a statementtitled: ‘Ethiopia Violence A Concern Despite Reform Promises,’ she stressed that the only way Ethiopians could genuinely benefit from Prime Minister Abiy’s bold agenda for change was for the killings to be curtailed, investigated and perpetrators brought to book.

It detailed recent events especially in Jijiga, capital of the Somali regional state, where deaths, injuries, looting and burning of public and private properties were reported in the wake of a security standoff between federal and regional forces.

It specifically mentioned the involvement of two regional groups, Heego and Liyu police as complicit in the violence. Heego is a youth group loyal to deposed regional president Abdi Mohamud Omar and the Liyu police – a paramilitary force.

“Ethiopian authorities established the Liyu police in 2007 to combat the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF); the paramilitary force has frequently been implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape,” the statement added.

It also enumerated instances of violence resulting in deaths across other parts of the country. At least 15 people in other parts of the country – DireDawa city, Shashemene, Tape town, and Adama city – were also killed in ethnically-charged mob justice and rioting in August.

“The political and ethnic dynamics around these recent killings show that despite reforms and improved rhetoric on human rights from the federal government, insecurity is still a problem – particularly where Liyu police roam unchecked.

 

People in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state flooded the streets as they welcomed the release from detention of Merera Gudina, a leading opposition voice in the country. Thousands of people clad in apparels that bore Gudina’s picture lined the streets leading to his residence where the authorities sent him after his release. Local media portals showed other people holding placards and banners welcoming Gudina back. The respected academic and leader of main opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) had been in detention since December 2016. displayAdvert("mpu_3") His release comes barely two weeks after the government said it was dropping cases against a number of politician prisonsers as a means of engendering national unity. Gudina and over 500 others were released in the first phase of the announced reform. In Burayu town, some 23 km in the western outskirt of #AddisAbeba, the youth are waiting for Dr. #MereraGudina with banners that read (rough translation): “Incarceration & intrigue will not reverse the #Oromo struggle” & “When oppressed, even milk bursts out of its container.” pic.twitter.com/SmY9KvC9Mp— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) January 17, 2018 #Ethiopia: Massive turnout to welcome Dr Mararaa Guddinaa in Burayu town. pic.twitter.com/VAVw2Ta4cm— Addis Gazetta (@addisgazetta) January 17, 2018 More
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