EU: Press Ethiopia on Protester Killings (HRW)

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(Brussels, January 12, 2016) – European Union officials should convey serious concerns about Ethiopian security forces’ use of excessive lethal force against protesters when meeting with Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Human Rights Watch said today. The foreign minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, will meet with EU officials on January 12 and13, 2016, in Brussels.

Ethiopian security forces have engaged in a violent crackdown against protesters in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, killing scores of protesters and arresting many others. The protests began in mid-November 2015, in response to plans to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia farmland, but have expanded in response to other longstanding concerns as well as the crackdown on protesters.

“The European Union should break its silence and condemn Ethiopia’s brutal use of force to quell the Oromo protests,” said Lotte Leicht, EU advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “The EU, which is among Ethiopia’s biggest donors, should press the Ethiopian government to respond with talks rather than gunfire to the protesters’ grievances.”

The Ethiopian government has frequently used arbitrary arrests and politically motivated prosecutions to silence journalists, bloggers, protesters, and political opponents.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Ethiopia, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/africa/ethiopia

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3 Responses to EU: Press Ethiopia on Protester Killings (HRW)

  1. Seifu Reply

    January 12, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    The European Union (EU) also known as the Franco-German rule has been ignoring all the excesses of the ethno-fascist regime of the TPLF.

  2. Rude Humnesa Reply

    January 23, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    European union concern is good but I do not think that it would bring fundamental change. People in Ethiopia now needs authentic leadership that understands nations’ cultures and values. In Ethiopia there are different historical background political adminstration systems. All have unique world out look and economic bases. They need appriate economic political administration to recover their past psychological treatments becsuse past economic political system was positioned to one side. It is imposible to remove established culture within moments. Thus, the resolution to on going unrest almost in all region should come from inside.

  3. Rude Humnesa Reply

    January 23, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    European union concern is good but I do not think that it would bring fundamental change. People in Ethiopia now needs authentic leadership that understands nations’ cultures and values. In Ethiopia there are different historical background political adminstration systems. All have unique world out look and economic bases. They need appropriate economic political administration to recover their past psychological treatments because past economic political system was positioned to one side. It is imposible to remove established culture within moments. Thus, the resolution to on going unrest almost in all region should come from inside.

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