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Human Rights Commission condemns recent Jigjiga violence

Human Rights Commission condemns recent Jigjiga violence

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) denounced the recent conflict in the capital of the Ethio-Somali Regional State, Jigjiga.

“The recent clash in the region breaches the basic human rights enshrined in the constitution such as the right to live, the right of movement and the right to worship,” Demesew Benti, head of the communication at EHRC, told journalists on Thursday August 9, 2018.

“The conflict that occurred last Saturday in Jigjiga town has caused the loss of lives, destruction of property and devastation of churches. In this regard basic human rights of citizens were at risk,” Demesew highlighted.

Apart from this, the regional office of the EHRC located in the town was also a target and the offices were burned and vandalized which resulted in the loss of documents and other properties that belonged to the branch office, Demesew further stated.

After repeated appeals from community elders, scholars and other residents of the region regarding the violations of human rights by the administrators of the region, the EHRC launched its investigation, Demesew said, adding that such vandalism that targeted the branch office of the EHRC is deliberately orchestrated by those groups to eliminate documents of the investigation and the findings.

Moreover, the head of the communication told journalist that the Commission will launch its investigation right after the restoration of peace and stability in the regions and promised to inform its findings to the public.

The conflict that began in Jigjiga town of the Ethio-Somali Regional State in eastern Ethiopia on Saturday, August 4, 2018, also spread to other towns of the region.

According to sources in the area, widespread attacks have been reported, especially targeting people that came from other regions. Sources also added that many hid in their homes and retreated to churches for safety.

Sources also said that a bank, a church, businesses and residences were set on fire due to the conflict.