Human Rights


13 May 2014

amnestyAmnesty International condemns the use of excessive force by security forces against peaceful protesters in a number of locations across the Oromia region during the last two weeks, which has resulted in the deaths and injuries of dozens of people including students and children. Many hundreds of protesters are reported to have been arbitrarily arrested, and are being detained incommunicado and without charge. Detainees are at risk of torture.

The Ethiopian government must immediately instruct the security forces to cease using deadly force against peaceful protesters, and to release any person who has been arrested solely because of their involvement in peaceful protests. These incidents must be urgently and properly investigated, and suspected perpetrators should be prosecuted in effective trial proceedings. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 13/05/2014 at 8:07 am

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Ethiopia: Ambo under Siege, Daily Activities Paralyzed

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13 May, 2014.

The brutal attempts of crackdown against Oromo protesters by the Agazi Special Squad continuing unabated in different parts of the regional state of Oromia, reports coming from Ambo in central Oromia indicate that the town and its surrounding has come under virtual seizure by the Agazi Federal Armed Force, daily movements and activities becoming almost impossible.

According to information obtained by HRLHA (this morning) form its correspondents, the Agazi Special Squad has been deployed in Ambo Town and its surrounding in much larger number than before and engaged in indiscriminately kidnapping the local people from along the streets and throwing them into detention centres in the area. There are also reports of widespread rapes being committed against female detainees. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 13/05/2014 at 8:01 am

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Press Release from the Oromia Support Group (OSG) on the Oromo demonstrators arrested, beaten and shot dead by the Ethiopian Agazi Security Forces

Press Release  from the Oromia Support Group-UK
7 May 2014

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Demonstrators arrested, beaten and shot dead

At least 16 peaceful student demonstrators were shot dead by the Agazi, Ethiopia’s riot police, between 28 April and 1 May. Protests against the planned extension of Addis Ababa city administration, which would evict thousands of farmers and split Oromia Region in two, were met with live ammunition and indiscriminate beating. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 09/05/2014 at 3:29 am

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Ethiopia: Brutal Crackdown on Protests

Security Forces Fire On, Beat Students Protesting Plan to Expand Capital Boundaries

hrwMay 5, 2014, Nairobi (HRW) – Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting plans to extend the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa. The authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests and investigate and hold accountable security officials who are responsible for abuses.

On May 6, 2014, the government will appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for the country’s Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record.
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Posted by admin - 05/05/2014 at 6:43 pm

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Ethiopia: UN Review Should Condemn Media Crackdown

Activists, Journalists Persecuted Under Draconian Laws

hrwMay 5, 2014, Geneva(HR) – United Nations member countries should call on Ethiopia to stop targeting activists and the media under draconian laws. The UN Human Rights Council will review Ethiopia’s human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure on May 6, 2014.

A Human Rights Watch submission to the UN on Ethiopia highlights its ongoing suppression of the media and nongovernmental organizations, and the lack of accountability for torture and other serious abuses by its security forces. The arbitrary arrest of nine bloggers and journalists on April 25 and 26, just 10 days before the review, reflects Ethiopia’s blatant disregard for fundamental rights and should be strongly condemned by UN members. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 05/05/2014 at 2:50 am

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ETHIOPIA: Region-Wide, Heavy-Handed Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

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May 1, 2014

The human rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) would like to express its deepest concern over the widespread brutalities of the Ethiopian Government in handling protests in different parts of the regional state of Oromia by peaceful demonstrators. In a heavy-handed crackdown being carried out by the federal armed squad called Agazi, which is infamously known for its cruelty against innocent civilians particularly during such public protests, 16 (sixteen) Oromo students have so far been shot dead in the town of Ambo alone and scores of others have been wounded, according to HRLHA correspondents in the area. The victims of the brutal attacks were not only from Federal Police brutality in Ambo town among those who were out protesting in the streets, but also among those who stayed behind on university campuses. Hundreds of others have also been arrested, loaded on police trucks, and taken to unknown destinations. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 01/05/2014 at 10:59 am

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Kenya: Flagrant Violations of Human Rights against Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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April 14, 2014

For Immediate Release

The Kenyan police and security agents have arbitrary arrested and detained around 6000 refugees who are originally from neighboring Horn of African countries; and have continued hunting for more, reported HRLHA reporter in Nairobi, Kenya on April 13, 2014. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 14/04/2014 at 8:41 pm

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Requesting urgent intervention to uphold the rights of refugees in Nairobi

April 10, 2014

Advocacy for Oromia (AFO), a non-profit advocacy organisation working to ensure that the Oromo people’s rights and wishes are respected, is highly concerned at the wave of arrests that have taken place during the week end in Nairobi, following recent terrorist attacks in the capital. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 10/04/2014 at 5:37 am

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Memorandum on Human Rights Priorities for the European Union-Africa Summit

hrwMarch 31, 2014


The European Union (EU)-Africa summit provides an important opportunity to highlight crucial human rights developments in both Africa and Europe. Progress is being made on many human rights issues in an array of countries, but daunting challenges remain. The summit agenda includes both democracy and governance and peace and security, two broad topics that include a range of human rights concerns. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/03/2014 at 1:19 pm

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Ethiopia: Telecom Surveillance Chills Rights

Foreign Technology Used to Spy on Opposition inside Country, Abroad

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Ethiopia, Amhara Region, holy city of Lalibela, cyber cafeMarch 25, 2014, Berlin (Human Rights Watch) – The Ethiopian government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 25/03/2014 at 8:24 am

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Migration and Refugee Protection in the Horn of Africa

A Week with Ethiopian Immigrants in the Horn of Africa, Uganda

HRLHA FineHRLHA is a non-profit, non-political and non-partisan human rights organization with a Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council. It works on defending fundamental human rights including freedoms of thought, expression, movement and association. It attempts to challenge abuses of human rights of the people of various nations and nationalities in the Horn of Africa. It also works on raising the awareness of individuals about their own basic human rights and that of others. It encourages the observances as well as due processes of law. It promotes the growth and development of free and vigorous civil societies. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 06/03/2014 at 12:19 am

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Letter: To all human beings who are human, By Journalist Wubushet Taye (Zeway Prison)

Journalist Woubshet Taye is incarcerated in Ethiopia over his works

Journalist Woubshet Taye is incarcerated in Ethiopia over his works

March 2, 2014 (Premium Times): “Discussing these types of issues is forbidden,” said the warder rudely and added, “You are only allowed to discuss family matters”. You might suspect that these words were spoken by one of our beloved mother Ethiopia’s prison officers. However, they are actually taken from Maxim Gorky’s 1906 story Mother (page 102). The story was written 108 years ago – so very long ago! But it doesn’t seem so long to us – why? Because what we are living through now is even worse. And it is worrying how fast things are deteriorating.

Prison is now where everything leads. Every day we are told by the media that what is needed is “strong measures; measures to ensure it won’t happen again; measures to remove etc”. These words are not legal principles but are spoken in hate. These statements, which are only a fraction away from a declaration of systematic state terror, are especially damaging for those of us who are held in Ethiopia’s prisons. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 02/03/2014 at 7:18 am

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Kenya: Arrest and Disappearance of Ethiopian Oromo Refugees

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February 5, 2014

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) expresses its deep concern regarding the safety of four Oromo refugees from Ethiopia who were arbitrarily arrested by Kenyan anti-terrorist squad from Isili area in Nairobi on different dates of operations and taken to unknown destinations.

According to information obtained through HRLHA correspondent in Nairobi, Mr. Tumsa Roba Katiso, (UNHCR attestation File#: NETH033036/1) was arrested by members of Kenyan anti-terrorist squad, who arrived at the scene in two vehicles, on February 1, 2014 at around 10:00 AM from 2nd Street in the Isili locality in Nairobi on his way home from shopping. The other three refugees, Mr. Chala Abdalla, Mr. Namme Abdalla, and the third person whose name is not known yet were picked up from their home which is located in the same Isli area in Nairobi, Kenya on February 3, 2014 by members of the same anti-terrorist squad of Kenyan. The whereabouts of those Ethiopian-Oromo refugees is unknown until the time of compilation of this urgent action. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 05/02/2014 at 11:12 pm

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Nairobi, Keenya Keessatti Yaadannon Dhumaatii Oromoo Anoolee, Calanqoo fi Oromiyaa Bakka Adda Addaatti Tahe Kabajame.

Amajjii gaafa 26, 2014 biyya Keeniyaa magaalaa Nairobi keessatti guyyaan yaadannon dhumaatii (Genocide) saba Oromoo Anoolee, Calanqoo fi Oromiyaa bakkoota gara garaatti sirna Nafxanyaa fi abboota irreetiin raawwatame kabajame.

Guyyaa kanatti lammiin Oromoo magaalaa Nairobi kessa jiraatan martii heedduminan kabaja guyyaa yaadannoo kanaaf kan bahan yoo ta’u, sagantaan walaloolee fi diramaawwan adda addaa dhiyaataniiru. Artistooti Oromoo bebbeekamoon kan akka Abdii Ibrahim, Faaxee Anniyaa fi Aliye Sabetis argamanii ergaa kara ogummaa isaaniin dabarsaniiru. Read more…

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Martin Plaut  | January 31, 2014


The Ogaden is Ethiopia’s dark, dirty secret. It is far from prying international eyes, where almost anything can be done to anyone the government does not like.

The Ogaden was conquered and forcibly incorporated into Ethiopia by Emperor Menelik II in the last quarter of the 19th century. Its Somali speaking, almost exclusively Muslim community, never really accepted an Ethiopian identity. In 1977 it was the scene of an international conflict, as Somali President Siad Barre attempted to wrest the region from Ethiopia. The Soviet Union poured arms and Cuban troops into Ethiopia and the invasion was halted. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has been fighting the Ethiopian government since 1995, and local people have been caught up in the conflict. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/01/2014 at 12:15 pm

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Bekele Gerba kept in prison for bureaucratic reasons

January 24, 2014

FreeBekeleOlbana2012Ethiopia’s opposition politician Bekele Gerba is not legible for release until next month and may not be released until next year, Horn Affairs learnt.

Bekele Gerba, former dep. Chairperson of Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM), was detained in August 27, 2011. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on charges of “provocation crimes against the state” and collaborating with the Oromo Liberation Front, an organization designated as terrorist by Ethiopian Parliament.

The sentence was reduced to three years and seven months after Bekele appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.

There have been claims on social media that Bekele was supposed to be released on probation last weekend, but has been kept in prison for bureaucratic reasons.

Public Relations officer of the Federal Prison Administration Commission contradicted the claims.

Addisu Tedros told Horn Affairs today that: Read more…

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Posted by admin - 24/01/2014 at 3:06 pm

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