UN Concerned About Use of Force by Ethiopian Security Forces

January 23, 2018 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced its concern about the use of force by Ethiopian security officials against worshippers celebrating the Ethiopian Orthodox festival of Epiphany this weekend that left at least seven people dead and a number injured.

The incident, in Ethiopia’s Woldiya City on 20 January, reportedly took place when Ethiopian security forces tried to stop people from chanting anti- Ethiopian government songs and allegedly opened fire on them. Protesters reportedly later blocked roads and destroyed a number of properties.

We call on Ethiopian authorities to ensure that the security forces take all feasible measures to prevent the use of force.  We understand that the President of Amhara Regional State, who confirmed that there had been deaths and injuries, said there would be what he termed a “careful examination” of the incident.

We urge for this to be a prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigation to ensure those responsible for any violations are held accountable. We also call on the Ethiopian Government to undertake the necessary legal and policy reforms, along with guidance and training, to create the conditions for Ethiopian law enforcement officials to operate in line with international standards.

Source:- UNHCR

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One Response to UN Concerned About Use of Force by Ethiopian Security Forces

  1. Zewdae Reply

    January 28, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    United Nations,
    You have seen this movie for the last 26 years countless times and yet you have taken no actions because they are supported by UK and USA. Shame on you.

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