Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Press Statement of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Press Statement of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

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The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Commission) has observed with deep concern the deterioration of the human rights situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, particularly the recent unrest and violence in the Oromia Region.

The Commission is aware that on 9 October 2016, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency. This state of emergency reportedly aims to "put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, education institutions, health centers, administration and justice buildings,"

The Commission has also received reports that over fifty-five (55) people were killed and several injured in a stampede during a protest that erupted at a religious festival in Bishoftu, Oromia Region, on 2 October 2016. It is reported that police fired tear gas at the crowd and fired bullets into the air, triggering the stampede that led to the deaths.

The Commission is disturbed by the wave of violence in the Oromia Region that broke out following the stampede. Reports indicate that protestors have been attacking vehicles going in and out of the capital city even killing passengers; burning factories, hospitals and schools; destroying infrastructure; and looting.

The Commission is also concerned by information that the Government had once again blocked internet throughout the country in response to the protests. …

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