Rights group accuses Ethiopia for bloody crackdown on protesters

    Rights group accuses Ethiopia for bloody crackdown on protesters

    Feb 22, Addis Ababa : Ethiopian security forces are carrying out a brutal crackdown  on peaceful protests in the country's Oromia region and thousands of people are being held without charge, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

    The New York based Rights Group said that the demonstrations began in November due to a government plan to expand the boundaries of Addis
    Ababa into Oromia, which surrounds the capital, raising fears among Oromo people that their farms would be expropriated.

    Addis Ababa, which has accused the protesters of having links with "terror groups", dropped the plan on January 12 and announced the situation in Oromia was largely under control.

    Ethiopia's information minister, Getachew Reda, saidthat he had not yet read the report and so could not comment on it, Al Jazeera reported.

    HRW said that researchers were unable to determine how many people have been killed or arrested because access to Oromia is restricted.
    The rights group said Ethiopian activists allege that more than 200 people have been killed since November 12, 2015. It also reported at least 140 killings in a previous document at the beginning of January.

    The rights group called on the Ethiopian government to end excessive use of force by its security forces, free everyone detained arbitrarily, and conduct an independent investigation into killings and other security force abuses.

    The Oslo Times 


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