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Ethiopia: End use of lethal and excessive force against civilians in Amhara and Oromia regions 

Press Statement

The Association of Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) expresses deep concern over the Ethiopian Government’s continued use of excessive and unnecessary lethal force against protesters in both, Amhara and Oromia region. AHRE calls on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately stop use of excessive and unnecessary lethal force by security forces against protesters in both regions and elsewhere in Ethiopia. AHRE also calls for the immediately and unconditionally release of journalists, human rights defenders, political opposition leaders and thousands of protesters who were arbitrarily detained during and aftermaths of protests.


Local and international human rights organization reported that around 600 demonstrators have been killed in both regions. Only in Oromia region more than 500 were killed since December 2015. The intensified and widely spread protests in several cities and towns of Norther Amhara region have costed the life of dozens protestors. During the three days protest, 5-7 August 2016, around 100 were killed and money others were wounded by security forces in different location of Amhara and Oromia regions.

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Another round clash broke out on Monday, 29 August 2016 after a three days ‘stay at home’ protest in Gondor and Gojjam. According to local sources, in the last four days more than 50 protestors have been killed and many others sustained injuries by security forces live bullets in different cities and towns of Norther Amhara region. AHRE received reports and gathered the following information from local sources. From 29 August 2016 to 1 September 2016, in Gonder, at least 11 people were killed and money others injured in Simada town, 7 people, including 4 security officials were killed in Debark town, 8 people were injured in Dur Bete town, 10 people were killed in Metema town and many others also wounded, at least 20 people were killed in Amba-Girogis town and 14 people were killed in Gaint town.

On 30 August 2016, it is reported that 4 protestors were killed in Bahir Dar town and many other were wounded. The protest intensified to several cities and towns in Gojjam. The authorities have also arbitrarily arrested thousands of people throughout Amhara region and according to AHRE’s sources those detained in different military camps are being held without charge and without access to family members or legal representation.

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AHRE urge the Ethiopian authority to:

  • Immediately cease the use of excessive and unnecessary lethal force by security forces against protesters in Amhara and Oromia regions;
  • immediately and unconditionally release all protestors, human rights defenders, journalists and political leaders who were arbitrarily detained during and in the aftermath of the protests;
  • ensure that those responsible for human rights violations prosecuted and being accountable for their action;
  • facilitate access for international human rights monitoring bodies including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to conduct thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigations into the ongoing human rights violations in Amhara and Oromia regions.
  • For further information, please contact:

    yaredh@ahrethio.org, +32 486 336 367, Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE)

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  1. TPLF paid billions of dollars Ethiopian people’s public money Azeb Mesfin so that Azeb somehow convert WOLQUAIT Amharas to TIGRAYAN possibly all Amharas to be converted eventually.
    This money is all out deposited around the world by Azeb Mesfin where TPLF doesn’t have access to get back. . TPLF got played by Azeb Mesfin because she told them false information about her being succesful convincing Wolquait Amhara mothers to raise their children as Tigrayans. . Azeb Mesfin was supposed to Mold Amharas to become Tigrayans using her woman power since woman are the ones that raise babies they were supposed to raise the Amhara babies in Tigrayan culture. . We all know Azeb Mesfin is the only powerful woman that holds societal , political and economical position in a sexist country like Ethiopia where gender inequality exists highly . Most young intellectual women that don’t know the real Azeb Mesfin’s evil actions consider her as their hero just by seeing the propoganda of TPLF .

    Azeb Mesfin had been seen as an inspiration for young working Ethiopian women and as the first succesfull woman rights activist ever ,especially until the Arab domestic servant scam blew up on our face.

    Azeb Mesfin was regarded as a living proof That Ethiopian women are capable of performing tasks just as Ethiopian men do in all fields of leadership . All this was based she got the backing of her village “WOLQUAIT TEGEDE” . She was awarded all this political power because she claimed to be the representative of WOLQUAIT TEGEDE and she said she is Tigrayan. So if WOLQUAIT is given to Amhara it will be as taking all powers from the Meles Zenawi family . Azeb Mesfin’s status is all Meles & Co. got left after he unexpectedly died. . TPLF is not willing to say Azeb Mesfin is not the representative of Wolquait because noone elese is there for her to claim to continue being one of the makers and shakers of TPLF. TPLF paid her to convert Amhara s to TIGRAYAN. at all nopmatter how many life is being lost because of the WOLQUAIT TEGEDE identity question.

    PLEASE listen to video below BETWEEN the times 1 hour 12 mins to 1 hour 17 mins . Azeb Mesfin is accused by Hailemariam for mishandling the money TPLF paid her to tame Wolquait Tegede people .


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