Thursday, September 20, 2007

OSG Press Release No. 43

OSG Press Release No. 43
July 2006-2007

This publication includes information on violations of human rights in Ethiopia from victims of abuses, their close relatives and eye-witnesses as well as information from publicly available sources.

According to anecdotal accounts from refugees and visitors and according to reports by investigators from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the widespread detention and mistreatment of civilians who criticise or oppose the government in Ethiopia continues, undiminished. Prisoners of conscience remain in detention without trial, accused by the government of supporting the Oromo Liberation Front, or other opposition groups. A large amount of information regarding abuses following post-election disturbances and related arrests is available. Although fewer reports of abuses which have taken place in remote areas are received by OSG than hitherto, reports which have been received suggest that this is not because of any reduction in the prevalence of abuse.

The Oromia Support Group is a non-political organisation which attempts to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Ethiopia.

OSG has now reported 3,981 extra-judicial killings and 943 disappearances of civilians suspected of supporting groups opposing the government. Most of these have been Oromo people. Scores of thousands of civilians have been imprisoned. Torture and rape of prisoners is commonplace, especially in unofficial detention centres, often in military camps.

Lack of democracy and accountability of government in Ethiopia is the single most important factor in the poverty, under-development and low quality and length of life in Ethiopia.

Human Right Abuses in Ethiopia



Oromia Support Group


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