October 04, 2016
Dozens of protestors were crushed to death in Bishoftu City, 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa, among the crowds who gathered to celebrate the Irreecha cultural festival. Security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse the crowd. Contrasting figures about the death toll are reported: The Ethiopian authorities confirmed the death of only 54 people, while activists and opposition parties claimed hundreds of deaths. According to the vice-president of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) party speaking to Voice of America (VOA), his party has confirmed the killing of 678 people on Sunday during the annual Irreecha celebration.
Our sources reported about the death toll that about 200 people were killed. AHRE urges the Ethiopian authorities to facilitate access for international human rights monitoring bodies to conduct thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigations into these incidents and also into the ongoing human rights violations in the country and mainly the mass killing at Irreecha festival. [Read more…]