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Human Rights Council expresses concern over recent mass arrests

Human Rights Council expresses concern over recent mass arrests

The human rights condition of the country, which has showed some improvements following the coming into power of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has been derailed from time to time, and now is reaching a very critical situation, the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC) stated.

The council expressed its concerns on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in a press briefing conducted in its head office located around Addis Ababa stadium. Subsequently, the council exposed its assessment regarding the current political development in the country and expressed the condition of human rights is deteriorating despite showing some improvement during the first few months of Abiy’s administration.

Among the issues, the council presented the mass arrests of members of the opposition parties, journalists and members of the Addis Ababa Caretaker Council following the incident that took place in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. It can be recalled that the incident resulted in the death of senior political and military officials.  

The council, boldly critiqued the detention of the members of National Amhara Movement (NAMA), Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party (ECSJ), journalists and other individuals, which according to the council, will affect not only the activities of the political parties and individuals but the entire process of change in the country.

Regarding the issue of the Sidama’s, the council stated that the problem should be addressed based on discussions and urged the government, elders, scholars and organizers of the question to seat and discuss in order to arrive at an amicable solution.

The council also extended its advice to Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) that exchanged strong words through their recent statements and said that they should refrain themselves from provoking the sisterly peoples of the two regions and try to sort-out their differences through discussions.