Famous Oromo female singer Hawi Tezera feared to be under another torture

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Report shows Hawi Tezera's bruised and swollen body from last week's torture

Report shows Hawi Tezera’s bruised and swollen body from last week’s torture; activists fear she could be tortured again

Report shows Hawi Tezera's bruised and swollen body from last week's torture

Report shows Hawi Tezera’s bruised and swollen body from last week’s torture; activists fear she could be tortured again

The famous Oromo female singer Hawi Tezera was detained and tortured last week by the Ethiopian Federal police after releasing an Afan Oromo single music that’s critical of the Ethiopian government’s affairs, i.e. the Master Plan and the killings following the protests against the Master Plan, in the Federal State of Oromia.

The single, which was released on December 15, 2015, was produced using the traditional Oromo protest genre called Geerarsa. Photos of the singer’s tortured body, showing the bruised and swollen areas, are shown here.

Upon the intervention of the Oromian State police, the report adds, Hawi was released from her ordeal only to be imprisoned again over the last few days. Activists fear that she could be tortured again; the Ethiopian government has a record of detaining and torturing dissidents (prisoners of conscience) who oppose its policies using peaceful and Constitutional means.

In addition to Hawi, thousands of Oromos, including a journalist, have been imprisoned across Oromia and Ethiopia over the last week – accused of expressing protests against the Addis Ababa Master Plan.

According to the protesters, who are using peaceful (nonviolent) means to demonstrate their opposition, millions of Oromo farmers will be evicted from their homesteads, and thousands have already been evicted and have become homeless, through the government’s large-scale land-grab project called the Addis Ababa Master Plan.

During the recent wave of arrests, the government has especially targeted Oromo singers and their families/relatives for imprisonment and harassment.

It is to be remembered that Oromo male singers Jireenyaa Shifarraa and Bilisummaa Dinquu were reportedly abducted last week by the government forces – after being accused of releasing music that’s critical of the government’s policy in Oromia; photos of Jireenyaa Shifarraa in handcuffs were circulating on social media last week (attached below).

Oromo artist Jireenyaa Shifarraa detained by the Ethiopian government

Oromo artist Jireenyaa Shifarraa detained by the Ethiopian government

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