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US Ambassador Ervin Massinga Voices Concern Over Deteriorating Legal System Amid Student Abductions in Ethiopia

July 8, 2024

America has expressed strong disapproval towards the ongoing harassment of students and innocent individuals in Ethiopia, highlighting the deteriorating state of the rule of law in the country. “The recent incidents involving innocent people in the #Oromia and #Amhara regions, along with the prolonged conflicts, are clear indicators that criminals are being emboldened and the rule of law is being undermined,” stated Ervin Massinga, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia.

The ambassador emphasized the urgent need to put an end to the harassment of students and innocents for monetary gain, as stated on the official embassy’s X page. Over 100 university students have come forward to share their experiences of such incidents in the past week. Notably, a group of more than 100 university students traveling from the Amhara region to Addis Ababa were reportedly detained by armed forces in the Oromia region.

The victims were primarily students from #Debark University, with the incident taking place in the Gerbe Guracha town of the North Shewa zone in Oromia. Reporting on such violations is crucial in upholding accountability and justice.


  1. I share the concern of Brother H.E. Ervin Massinga. I would like to see him warn these bigots among our Diaspora who have been fanning hatred from their comfy homes in Minnesota, Toronto, LA, Oregon, Utah, Michigan, Oslo and Down Under. These may be funding those hooligans who have been doing the kidnapping. According to various sources it seems everyone has been doing the kidnapping including rowdy elements within the regime itself. Suddenly arresting citizens without warrants and not telling their whereabouts is also tantamount to kidnapping. In many areas in Oromia, Amhara including the capital itself citizens are said to be living in terror. That is not a living. Even worse yet, the leader of the regime has just issued a thinly veiled warning to the domestic human rights organizations, the last and only refuge for the beleaguered citizens. That is a big no no!

  2. Abiy is in economy crisis to get money in domestic he force wealthy people to contribute for his project such as the new Palace and to feed his Army who is killing Ethiopians every were. The other way of getting money is telling OLF to kidnap innocent people and ask for ransom money that is why ABIY is silent. Thank you Ambassador for being a voice for the voiceless Ethiopians

  3. People confusing about the symptoms of final destruction and disintegration of the rotten Abysian Empire, it was overdue actually the Empire Collapsed 1974, but system remains by the hands of outhorian Regimes.
    Today there no Ethiopia, but there:
    Oromo, Amara, Tigray, Somali and so on..
    The great dooming day of brutal and the illegal Empire’s Booming day is close.

  4. My Dear Countrymen/Women,

    News of kidnappings of innocent civilians has been in the news more frequently these days. Such criminal act has been going on for many years even though we never heard of many of them until now. We have been made aware who have been snatching civilians away. It has been every group with a gun. In rural areas of both in Amhara and Oromia regions it has been the armed gangs who do the kidnappings. They have not yet arrived at major cities including the capital. It looks as if there is an agreement that goes like ‘I do the kidnapping in the rural areas and you do that in the urban areas including the capital’. There is a difference though. Those who have been aimlessly wandering around in the escarpments of the Amhara region and those who are roaming the jungles in Oromia, don’t mince their words when they kidnap you. They have the nerve to call your loved ones to present their instruments of your freedom. They put a prize on your head. If you don’t come up with the ransom money you are good as dead. So don’t you dare call these beasts ‘liberation’ this and ‘rebels’ that.

    Now let’s look at how the kidnappings have been carried out in cities and the capital itself. One day you might have said something on your mind that concerns the situation around you and the country at large. You might have been honest enough and blamed those in charge. Then one morning while you are heading to your place of work or you are just spending quality time with your family, some guys in unmarked vehicle will ask you to come along with them. When you ask the reason, you will be promised that it will be explained to you at their office. I used the term ‘office’ here to be composed about it. But no one will explain the reason but you will be told that you will remain there indefinitely. There is no need for warrants and you will be thrown in a stinking joint at their choice and your loved ones will be left in the dark about your whereabouts. To me if someone is incarcerated without a warrant from the court, it is nothing but a kidnapping.

    This is a nightmare for the innocent citizens. But I am still steadfast in my long-held conviction that this dire predicament will not be solved by armed violence because armed struggle never brought rule of law to the beleaguered but rather leading to a revolving door. One despot goes out and another one comes in. I will not waste my time to give you examples. This quagmire will only be solved peacefully and only peacefully.

    Peace y’all!!!

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