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US Urges End to Civilian Kidnappings in Ethiopia

US Urges End to Civilian Kidnappings in Ethiopia

The United States Ambassador to Ethiopia has called for an immediate halt to the kidnapping of students and other civilians in the Amhara and Oromia regions. Last week, several students traveling from Debark University, located in Amhara region were abducted. The attack, reportedly carried out by militants near Gebre Guracha in the North Showa Zone of the Oromia Region, occurred close to Addis Ababa. While neither the federal government nor the Oromia regional government has issued an official statement, the families of the kidnapped students informed various media outlets that their children were taken by armed men. The US Embassy…
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HRW Urges Actions on Human Rights Violations in Amhara

HRW Urges Actions on Human Rights Violations in Amhara

HRW Urges Ethiopia's International Partners to Turn on their Eyes on Human Rights Violations in Amhara Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Ethiopia's international partners to stop turning a blind eye to the ongoing human rights violations in the Amhara region. In a recently released report, HRW has highlighted the serious and widespread abuses committed by government security forces, particularly in restricting access to health services. The report, which covers a period from August 2023 to May 2024, details how security forces have systematically targeted health facilities, preventing the people of the Amhara region from receiving essential medical care.…
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Over 27 civilian Killed by Government Forces in Amhara Region

Over 27 civilian Killed by Government Forces in Amhara Region

Eyewitnesses and residents reported that in the North Shewa and North Gojam zones of the Amhara region, "government forces" killed civilians from house to house and on the road. The attacks took place on Monday, June 24, and Wednesday, June 26, 2024. It is stated that more than 27 innocent people were killed in the attacks. Residents told the BBC that at least 15 people were killed and four others were injured in an attack by government forces on June 24 in a small rural town called Shola Meda, located outside of Debre Sina city in the Tarma Ber district…
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Government Suspends Banking Services in Amhara Region

Government Suspends Banking Services in Amhara Region

Banking services have been suspended in several districts of the North Showa Zone in the Amhara region, areas currently controlled by the Fano forces and described as rugged. This suspension marks a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict between Fano militants and government security forces, a war that has been ongoing for over a year following the federal government's decision to reorganize the regional special forces. As a result of the conflict, the region was under a state of emergency for ten months. Although this state of emergency officially expired on June 6, 2024, the area continues to be managed…
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Government Security Forces Kills at Least 18 in Jiga City, Amhara Region

Government Security Forces Kills at Least 18 in Jiga City, Amhara Region

National defense forces had taken bank workers, a mentally ill woman, a teacher, and other city residents from the hotel and shot them on the side of the road In Jiga City, located in the West Gojam Zone of Ethiopia's Amhara Region, government security forces reportedly killed at least 18 people, including bank employees, teachers, and a mentally ill woman, according to residents. The Ethiopian National Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced it had received information about the incident and is currently investigating. Witnesses said the tragic event occurred last Sunday evening, June 16, 2024. Eyewitnesses described that around 5:00 PM,…
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Fresh Conflict Erupts on Afar and Somali Border

Fresh Conflict Erupts on Afar and Somali Border

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced that a fresh conflict broke out in Afar and Somali border in Eastern part of Ethiopia. The commission said that its monitoring and concerned by reports of armed clashes, civilian casualties and displacement in areas bordering Afar and Somali regions after the recent ceasefire agreement between the two regions in April 2024. EHRC has been receiving complaints and reports of casualties, damage to private and public civilian property and other damages amid escalating tensions which have led to armed clashes in the areas since June 6, 2024. Administrative and security regional authorities that EHRC…
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Over 590 Human Right Violations recorded in Ethiopia- UN

Over 590 Human Right Violations recorded in Ethiopia- UN

-UN High Commissioner calls for sustained efforts to halt violations in Ethiopia UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today called for concrete measures to halt the human rights violations and abuses that continue to endanger reconciliation and peace in Ethiopia. “I urge the parties to the conflict to halt ongoing hostilities and to resolve difference through peaceful means. It is essential that the authorities take all feasible steps to protect civilians, prevent further violations, and ensure there are full investigations to bring those responsible to justice,” Türk said. The High Commissioner’s call came as the UN Human Rights…
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Human Rights Commission Urges Release of All Prisoners in Ethiopia

Human Rights Commission Urges Release of All Prisoners in Ethiopia

The state of emergency declared in Ethiopia's Amhara region has officially ended today. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued a statement urging the release of individuals imprisoned during the 10-month state of emergency, which was declared in response to the conflict in the region. The EHRC emphasized that the state of emergency, declared due to armed conflict between the government and the armed group known as "Fano," has expired. In its statement, the commission called for the immediate release of those detained under the emergency measures. The state of emergency, initially declared by the Council of Ministers in…
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Renowned Ethiopian Politician Yeshiwas Assefa Arrested

Renowned Ethiopian Politician Yeshiwas Assefa Arrested

Former Ethiopia Citizens for Social Justice party chairperson, Yeshiwas Assefa, was arrested by the police at 7:00 PM on May 31, 2024, from his residence in the Kazanchis area of Addis Ababa. According to Asham TV, he was arrested by Addis Ababa police. Meanwhile, Nathanael Mekonnen, one of the coordinators of the November peaceful demonstration, was released from prison today. Yeshiwas Assefa was the coordinator of the November peaceful demonstration. Three days before the demonstration, several coordinators, including Abraham Haimanot, Gidena Medehin, Nathanael Mekonen, and other politicians and lawyers, were arrested. However, Mr. Yeshiwas was not among those arrested at…
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Civil Society Requests Government to Lift State of Emergency in Amhara

Civil Society Requests Government to Lift State of Emergency in Amhara

The Center for the Development of Rights and Democracy (CARD) has expressed concern over the deteriorating civil environment in Ethiopia. The civil society organization has urged the government to lift the state of emergency in the Amhara region. The conflict in Amhara erupted after the federal government decided to "reorganize" the regional special forces a year ago. This decision led to clashes between government security forces and Fano militants. As a result, a six-month state of emergency was declared in August 2023, which has been extended for another four months and is set to expire in a week. CARD reported…
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