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Ethiopia’s Human Rights Practices in 2023 were documented in the Country Reports.

In November 2022, the government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front reached an agreement to cease hostilities, effectively putting an end to active conflicts between them. This agreement remained in place throughout the year, although there were ongoing reports of misconduct by Eritrean troops along the border and various militia groups. In March, the U.S. Secretary of State made a determination that war crimes had been committed by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF), Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces, and Amhara forces during the conflict in northern Ethiopia. Additionally, members of the ENDF, EDF, and Amhara forces were found to have committed crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, sexual violence, persecution, deportation or forcible transfer, and ethnic cleansing in western Tigray. In April, the government disbanded regional special forces across the country. The Amhara and Oromia regions experienced conflicts between government forces and the Fano militia and the Oromo Liberation Army, respectively. In August, a state of emergency was declared by the government, leading to widespread reports of government violations, such as extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions.
There were numerous significant human rights concerns reported, such as: arbitrary or unlawful killings, including extrajudicial killings; enforced disappearances; torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest or detention; political prisoners or detainees; severe abuses in a conflict, including allegedly unlawful or widespread civilian deaths or harm, enforced disappearances or abductions, forcible transfers of civilian populations, torture, physical abuses, conflict-related sexual violence or punishment; severe restrictions on freedom of expression and media freedom, including violence or threats of violence against journalists, unjustified arrests of journalists, censorship, and the existence of criminal libel and slander laws; significant limitations on internet freedom; substantial interference with the freedom of peaceful assembly and association, including overly restrictive laws on the organization, funding, or operation of non-governmental and civil society organizations; widespread government corruption; severe government restrictions on or harassment of domestic and international human rights organizations; extensive gender-based violence, including rape and sexual violence; crimes involving violence or threats of violence targeting members of racial or ethnic minority groups; and laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults, which were enforced.

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