Since late 2015, security forces have killed over 1000 people and detained tens of thousands during widespread protests against government policies. A state of emergency began in February 2018, the second in two years, and permits draconian restrictions on rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Authorities regularly use arbitrary arrests and politically motivated prosecutions to silence journalists, activists, and perceived opposition party members. Torture remains a serious problem in detention. The Ethiopian government has not conducted meaningful investigations into any of these abuses. Repressive laws restrict the activities of nongovernmental organizations. The ruling coalition won all 547 parliamentary seats in the 2015 election.
Authorities in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, have started disbursement of compensation to persons affected by a deadly landslide that hit the country in March this year. The Voice of America’s (VOA) Amharic service reports that over $4 million is being disbursed adding that funds were raised from private and government donations in the wake of the tragedy. Official records indicate that 115 people were killed by the Koshe landfill landslide. Several others were injured forcing authorities to relocate people living in the area. Addis Ababa has also stated that the site will be converted into a waste-to-energy plant. displayAdvert("mpu_3") There were large efforts to make sure that there aren't bodies still buried under [the trash]. The site was the city’s only landfill facility and hundreds of people lived near the dump. Most of the victims were persons who scavenged for food and items that could be sold, such as recyclable metal. “There were large efforts to make sure that there aren’t bodies still buried under [the trash],” Ephrem Gizaw, head of Addis Ababa’s Labor and Social Affairs Bureau told the VOA. His view quashes the position of residents that at least 80 people remain unaccounted for. Dozens