ETHIOPIA: AUTHORITIES MUST PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR SCORES OF PROTESTERS KILLED, INJURED AND ARRESTED IN OROMIA
Amnesty 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
Security forces in Ethiopia have reportedly opened fire on students who are protesting a government plan to expand the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa.
Witnesses say forces fired live ammunition against peaceful protesters last week during a security crackdown that coincided with a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry.
The government has said eight people died during the protests in the state of Oromia, but a resident of the town of Ambo told the BBC security forces killed 47 people.
Ethiopian security Forces opened fire during the Oromo students nonviolent protest rally at Western Oromia Ambo town. Eye witnesses said more than 30 people including 8 students killed and several wounded by security forces.
The peaceful protestors opposing the alleged “Integrated Master Plan of Addis Ababa”. The peaceful protest continued in a different Oromia region.