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Situation in Ethiopia
Parliament strongly condemns the recent use of violence by the security forces and the increased number of cases of human rights violations in Ethiopia. It calls for a credible, transparent and independent investigation into the killings of at least 140 protesters and into other alleged human rights violations in connection with the protest movement after the May 2015 federal elections in the country.
It also calls on the Ethiopian authorities to stop suppressing the free flow of information, to guarantee the rights of local civil society and media and to facilitate access throughout Ethiopia for independent journalists and human rights monitors. The EU, as the single largest donor, should ensure that EU development assistance is not contributing to human rights violations in Ethiopia.
30 December 2015
In the last few weeks the Ethiopian authority arrests thousands of peaceful protestors in Oromia region and few in the capital, Addis Ababa. On its resent report, AHRE expressed its concern about the ongoing mass arrest in Ethiopia and demands for the immediate release of the two journalists, Getachew Sheferawu and Fekadu Mirkana who were arrested in relation with the protest in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.
AHRE received today a confirmed report that the young political activist and former Public Relation of Blue Party, Yonatan Teressa was arrested on 29 December 2015. Teressa was active member of the party and he became a public figure since May 2015 General Election. He was also a well-known activist on Social Medias with his regular updates and critiques on the political and human rights situation in Ethiopia. Particularly, in the process of the 2015 election and on the recent protests in Oromia region, Teressa was sharing information to the rest of the world using his Facebook and twitter accounts by posting videos and pictures of those killed and wounded protestors who have been targeted and brutally attacked by the Ethiopian authority.
AHRE asks the Ethiopian government for the immediate release of all political prisoners including Yonatan Teresse.