|1||Magarsa Mashsha Ayyana||M||Student /Ambo University, health professional|
|2||Urgessa Danana||M||Student, Rift Valley College|
|3||Birehanu Diriba||M||Teacher, Rift Valley College|
|4||Getachew Gadaa Dereje||M||Student, Jimma University|
|9||Argamsisa Lenjisa||M||Student, Ambo University 4thyear Engineering|
|10||Obsa Abdissa||M||Student, Liban Mecha school 9th grade|
|12||Kumsa Bayisa||M||Student, Liban Mecha school 9th grade|
|13||Tadesse Sime||M||Student, Liban Mecha School 9th grade|
|14||Daran Demisse||M||Businessman Kebele 02, Ambo|
|15||Solomon Abebe||M||Student, 10th grade|
Those who were badly beaten and hospitalized in Ambo general Hospital:
|1||Gabisee Simee||Student, 7th grade|
|4||Rajiif Qajela||Student, 9th grade|
|5||Fayera bekele||M||Student, 9th grade|
According to HRLHA reporters, the arrests were made to clear out supporters and members of the other political organizations running for the fifth election to be held May 24, 2015. The EPRDF, led by the late Meles Zenawi, claimed victory in the elections of 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. The TPLF/EPRDF government of Ethiopia has started a campaign of intimidation against its opponents. Extra-judicial arrests and imprisonments particularly in the regional state of Oromia, the most populous region in the country, began starting at the end of October 2014.
The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) expresses its deep concern over the safety and well-being of these Oromo nationals who have been arrested without any court warrant and are being held at police stations and unknown detention centers. The Ethiopian government has a well-documented record of gross and flagrant violations of human rights, including the torturing of its own citizens who were suspected of supporting, sympathizing with and/or being members of the opposition political organizations. There have been credible reports of physical and psychological abuses committed against individuals in Ethiopian official prisons and other secret detention centers.
HRLHA calls upon governments of the West, all local, regional and international human rights agencies to join hands and demand the immediate halt to such extra-judicial actions against one’s own citizens, and the unconditional release of the detainees.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to the Ethiopian Government and its officials as swiftly as possible, in English, Ahmaric, or your own language. The following are suggested:
- Indicate your concern about citizens being tortured in different detention centers including the infamous Ma’ikelawi Central Investigation Office; and calling for their immediate and unconditional release;
- Urge the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that detainees will be treated in accordance with the regional and international standards on the treatment of prisoners, and that their whereabouts be disclosed, and
- Make sure the coming May 24, 2015 election is fair and free
For more information May 07, 2015 HRLHA UA