July 22, 2024

Amnesty International to Ethiopia: Stop the use of deadly force on protesters

Børge Brende President; Member of the Managing Board
Børge Brende President; Member of the Managing Board

Amnesty International on Friday called on Ethiopian security forces “to stop the use of deadly force on protesters.”

“There is never justification for the use of lethal force when it is not to protect lives,” Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, wrote in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

Amnesty International was reacting to the killing of at least 16 people following protests over the arrest of zonal officials, community leaders and activists by Ethiopian security officers in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) since August 9, 2020.

“This unnecessary force has claimed so many lives in recent days, including protesters and bystanders. Among the 16 people who have been killed are a boy who was homeless and a woman with a mental disability, neither of whom were participating in the protests. No one should be killed for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly or for being around a protest.

“The authorities must urgently stop the use of lethal force in the context of protests and thoroughly, effectively and impartially investigate these killings. All those found responsible must be brought to justice in fair trials. Victims and their families must also have access to adequate reparations,” Muchena added.

People took to the streets on August 9 after Ethiopia’s Defence Forces arrested more than 20 officials of the Wolaita Zone, as well as community leaders and activists, allegedly for holding a meeting in contravention of COVID-19 measures.

According to multiple witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International, security forces beat up and shot at protesters and bystanders while trying to disperse the protest.

Amnesty International said a homeless boy was killed in Wolaita-Soddo city on August 9 as the security forces violently cleared people off the streets following the arrests. Seven more people were killed in Bodditi on August 10, including a 14-year old boy, footballer Getahun Ashenafi and a woman with a mental disability.

According to government sources, at least 16 people have been killed to date as protests continue.

Two witnesses told Amnesty International that a woman was killed by security forces on 12 August while on her way to shop for groceries. Tension remains high due to the heavy deployment of security officers from the police forces, the SNNPR special Liyu police, and the Ethiopian Defence Forces.

Medical sources told Amnesty International that 18 injured people have been admitted to Soddo Christian Hospital in Wolaita, some of them to the Intensive Care Unit.

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Feyisa Lemessa
Feyisa Lemessa
3 years ago

Abiyi, PM of ETHIOPIA never deserve Nobel peace prize. He is a modern of 21st dictator and murderer, stupid PM in history of prime ministers. Therefore, I strongly recommend the international community must impose a sanction on to him and He must appeal to ICC for the Genocide He committed in his administration specially on Oromo Community. I thank you also Africa News for your nice cover though it may not cover the entire atrocities in the country. It needs neutral investigations to reveal the atrocities in Ethiopia to the world. HRW and Amnesty international do have a lion share to conduct their study well.

Teferi Desalegn Wale
Teferi Desalegn Wale
3 years ago

Comment: The Ethiopian prime minster Abiy Ahmed Ali is the killer, Pease Nobel is not nesessary for him
Abiy Ahmed is the dictator
Abiy must go!

kura
kura
3 years ago

ethiopia prime minster is slow .Smile killer nobel price not necessary After he came to power he kill more than 2000 Oromo younger men and women he burn a lot of house and religion places he make complicated between tow majority Tribes he changed the election time by the name of coved 19 .A lot of political analysts the political party leaders and the activists end a supporter he put in jail and more than 20,000 oromo people in jail this guy he do A lot of things to stay on power heis dictator colonel Abiyi must to go

Kemal
Kemal
3 years ago

#He is a killer
#freejawaarmohammed
#freeallpoloticalprisoner
#abiymustgo

Mohammed Tussa
Mohammed Tussa
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is engaging him self busy dismantling the Oromo political organisations, politically motivated imprisonments of Jawar Mohammed, Bakele Gerba, Abdi Ragasa, Hamza Borana & others, politicians, journalist, activists and Oromo Qeerroo.

Abiy doesn’t believe in federalism instead he dreams Ethiopia with one language, one religion, and one party.
Abiy doesn’t believe in national consensus, he believes in force and assimilation. Abiy seeks any excuse not to held elections on time.
After September he will not have a mandate to stay in office.
He is using all the effort to bering back only one side superiors.

So,We as Oromo will never rest until we achieve our ultimate goal that freedom to control full regional autonomy.
1. Free Jawar Mohammed and all political prisoners
2. Withdraw Eritrean solders from Oromia
3. Stop Amhara regional government with Oromia internal affairs
No justice no peace in Ethiopia.

HIKA
HIKA
3 years ago

ABIY AHMED is a killer. There is saying “a snake under a grass” that no one can identify until it beats some body. This bad leader is acting like this snake. As I think, this leader is not of this century. HE HAS TO GO BACK AT LEAST 3 DECADES TO BE A DICTATOR. THIS CENTURY IS NOT FOR THE DICTATORS .

Betelehem
Betelehem
3 years ago

Abiye Ahmed is a killer. shame on noble prize committee He can not lead all Ethiopia he is a silent killer and dictator immature leader .He killed more than 2000 Oromo from day When he elected so many political prisoners arrested and tortured And no justice he still think 1930 we are in 2ocentury

Gebi
Gebi
3 years ago

Abiy Ahimed is a killer, noble peace prize never deserves for him. He is a layer and dangerous to the country. When he received Noble peace prize he promised to bring more peace to his country and the world but he became dictator and killer he also said borne from Oromo father and ahmara mother, but now he said borne from both Oromo parents to make more easy for him to kill Oromo. He can’t lead the country and make a peace. He only knows how to post his lying video and photos to the world. Very dangerous leadership in 21st Center and dictator arresting more than 10,000 citizens. Free all Oromo and other Ethiopian in person.Abiymustgo.

Mahmud
Mahmud
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is dragging Ethiopia toward war. He works with old Serfdom sympathizers who wona take the country to the system that was there 50 years ago. The last 3 decades power of centeral government has been decentralized and people were administering and runing their own affairs by themselves. But the prime Minister wants to destroy federalism and to restore unitary system which can lead wars and after wars. We ask international community to intervene to call the government to held dialogue with all opposition leaders.

Adugna Yadeta
Adugna Yadeta
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is a dictator

Yosef Teferi
Yosef Teferi
3 years ago

Abiy is the Killer!
Abiy is the Dictator!

Stop! Killing People!
Stop! Prisoning innocents!
#Freeallpoliticalprisoners!
#Abiymustgo!

Ashim Shuna
Ashim Shuna
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is a killer, he is busy of dismantling multinational federalism to restore back the already burried Authoritarian system. he is crashing every credible voices and opponents like Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba and hundreds of thousand youths in Oromia by throwing them in jails.

Tolani
Tolani
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is the killer. He wants to extend the time of his power by killing and arresting innocent peoples. A lot of people died and arrested in most states. In Oromia thousands of people including Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba arrested and killed while protesting for their freedom.
Abiy must go!
Abiy can’t lead the country

Samuel Diriba
Samuel Diriba
3 years ago

Comment:he is a killer he is not a leader

Gemechu Tsegaye
Gemechu Tsegaye
3 years ago

Please keep followuping to all oromo prisoners… like JAWAR Mohammed and others……….

Abrahim sule
Abrahim sule
3 years ago

Ethiopia government is dictator
He is not government of this century
Abiy must go

Anas
Anas
3 years ago

#Abiy is not a minster Abiy is the monster
#free jawar mohamed
#free BEKELE gerba
#free hamza borana
#free all political prisoners
#Abiy must go

Bojor Tafasa
Bojor Tafasa
3 years ago

Ethiopian government Dr Abiy Ahmed is a killer,can’t lead the country.
Abiy must go!

tamirat
tamirat
3 years ago

abiy ahmed is a killer he is not the leader
he beliveas on force
he must go
free our leader jawar muhammad
and other plotical prisoners

Nabek
Nabek
3 years ago

Oromia is bleeding!
Agaw is bleeding!
Kemant is bleeding!
walaita is bleeding!
Ethiopian nations and nationalities are bleeding
Ethiopia is bleeding!
Abiy is the killer!
Abiy must go!

reba
reba
3 years ago

abiy is dictator. abiy is a killer. he is fascist. he is the 2nd Hitler

Almaw Negassa
Almaw Negassa
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed in his own words described how his mother when he was 7 years old told him that he will be the 7th King of Ethiopia. He continued saying since that time every thing he worked for is to make that a reality. This is not my words, it is his. He said this in front of public. It’s on video. For those who don’t understand the language, it can be translated.
For him to become a king thousands should be killed? Millions to should get injured, displaced, and imprisoned?
If the international community doesn’t support us, we the Oromo ppl along with others in the country can put him down. At least STOP giving him rifles, ammunition and other resources to kill us

solen tolesa
solen tolesa
3 years ago

Abiy ahmed is typical african dictator. we can’t live he’s a killer

Awel Abdulaziz
Awel Abdulaziz
3 years ago

Abiy ahmed is the killer he must go

Wanko Tola
Wanko Tola
3 years ago

One thing the world doesn’t know about Abiy Ahmed is a big a liar. The leaders of the people they are in jail when they can be the solution of that country. And if we don’t break our silence not only thousands millions going to die in Ethiopia.

mix
mix
3 years ago

He must be removed

Salim hasen
3 years ago

# he is a killer
#free all oromoo political

abdi bekele
abdi bekele
3 years ago

It is obvious as Our PM is dictator.
How the Killer gives freedom,justice,equality….?
#Free Jawar Mohammed.
#Free all Oromo Polotical prisoners.

Hamid ali Ramadan
Hamid ali Ramadan
3 years ago

Hi is killer

Hamid ali Ramadan
Hamid ali Ramadan
3 years ago

Hi is a dictator

Misra Seid
Misra Seid
3 years ago

Abiyi must go. Abiyi promised to bring the country together, he promised to make better country. He promised to free the election ?, he promised no more fightings in Ethiopia, he promised to grow the economic In Ethiopia. Please free All political Prisoners
Abiyi Ahmed is dictator
Abiyi Ahmed killing innocent people
Abiyi Ahmed killed Hachalu Hundessa
Abiyi Ahmed promised to bring democracy

Redi Abdi
Redi Abdi
3 years ago

#Abiyi Ahmed mast go
# free Jawar Mohammed
#free baqala Garbaa
#free Hamza borana

Ibn
Ibn
3 years ago

Abiy Must Go

Jemal Hussen
Jemal Hussen
3 years ago

Abiy Is a Dictator Abiy must go

Yunus Abubeker
Yunus Abubeker
3 years ago

Abiy must go

milkesa barento
milkesa barento
3 years ago

abiy is killer
abiy must go

Wado
Wado
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is more than just a Killer, he is an Ethnic Mass Extermination by organizing CRIMES. Generally, He is not a Prime Minister, rather he is a Mafia and Murderer. I don’t have words to Express his EVIL Actions.

Falmina
Falmina
3 years ago

Still continue the killing of innocent y

Barudin
Barudin
3 years ago

Nobel peace prize winner is killer
Abiy must go

Abdulfetah. Mohammed
Abdulfetah. Mohammed
3 years ago

Abiy Ahmed is killers Oromo Ethiopian people we need Justice
#OromoProtests #PeacefulProtests #AbiyMustGo #FreejawarMohammed
#FreeBakeleGerba
#FreeAllPoliticalprisoners

Mohammed Dade
Mohammed Dade
3 years ago

abiya Ahmed must go #jawar Mohammed #free all oromo political leaders

Hire
Hire
3 years ago

Abiy is Killer He must resign immediately and free all Oromo political as Oromo we deserve justice and peace.
This murder and killing inconsistent people with no reason. This been going on for decades it’s enough is enough. Oromia we need justice and peace

Kedir
Kedir
3 years ago

The noble winner became a killer

Date
Date
3 years ago

#AbiyMostgo he killed many people.Free Oromia

Birhane
Birhane
3 years ago

It is shame, we are living in this world where no one is acting to stop such cruels.