Ethiopian political prisoners and their accounts of torture (AHRE)

Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia Launches its 2nd Report on Human Rights in Ethiopia
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February 11, 2018

The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2nd report, “Ethiopian political prisoners and their accounts of torture”. This report aims to provide an overview of the prison situation in Ethiopian. Detainees have in different times reported to be subjected with different forms and kinds of ill-treatment which amount to torture.

In the past three years, following the protests in different parts of the country, mainly in Amhara and Oromia regions, the number of detainees has dramatically soared, that in turn augmented the reports of abuse in Ethiopia’s prisons. In addition, detainees accused of burning Qilinto prison have also reported to suffer torture during interrogations, mainly to extract forced confessions that implicate the detainees to the crime. Detainees have testified in court to enduring varying degree of abuses at the hands of security officers. The abuses include beatings; verbal, physical and psychological harassment; solitary confinement; denying medical access etc.

This report documents some of the abuses and ill-treatments committed against detainees, prosecuted in the last 3 years mainly following Amhara and Oromo protests; and those charged for allegedly setting Qilinto prison ablaze. It aims to record and bring to attention the different patterns and levels of abuse, detainees are subjected with by security officials, which demonstrate the grave human rights violations committed by Ethiopian authorities. In addition, the report also takes a closer look at investigations conducted by Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, under the court’s order, and discusses the findings and its implications.

Click here to read the report in PDF.

Yared Hailemariam – Executive Director
Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE)
Phone +32 486 336367/ +41 797768773

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