US Says ‘Excessive Use of Force’ Against Ethiopia Protesters


September 5, 2016 -JUBA, South Sudan — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says her country has raised “grave concerns” about what it calls excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia.

Ambassador Samantha Power spoke to reporters late Sunday as the U.N. Security Council ended a visit to South Sudan. It moves on to Ethiopia on Monday for talks with African Union officials.

Power called the violence in Ethiopia “extremely serious” and called for a transparent and independent investigation. She said the U.S. has asked the government to allow people to protest peacefully.

Ethiopia has seen months of sometimes deadly protests calling for wider freedoms, while the government has been accused of killings, beatings and internet blockages.

The AU last week for the first time expressed concern about the recent unrest in its host country.

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2 Responses to US Says ‘Excessive Use of Force’ Against Ethiopia Protesters

  1. Minelik Alemu Getahun

    September 7, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Please contact the secretary general of EU and any of the policy Advisor on Human Rights of EU to urge them to expedite the suspension of aid to Ethiopia’s criminal junta regime.

    Secretary General Vula Tsetsi

    Brussels +32-2-2842117
    Strasbourg +33-3-88175879

    Advisor on Human Rights Raphaël Fišera

    Brussels +32-2-2841668
    Strasbourg +33-3-88174321

    Please click on the link below for the complete list of EU policy advisors contact informations

    Excessive or not use of force to stay in power by tyrant is a crime . Supporting tyrants with money is a crime too. EUROPEAN UNION is considering suspending supporting the tyrants due to the repeated pressure from Ethiopian diasporas in Belgium. The European Parliament’s political groups have agreed to send a letter to the Council asking for a suspension of EU development aid (excluding humanitarian funds) to Ethiopia in response to the country’s ongoing failure to respect human rights.

    This measure is foreseen under article 96 of the Cotonou agreement, which is an essential element of EU cooperation with Ethiopia. Speaking at a joint press conference yesterday, Margrete Auken, Danish MEP for the Socialistisk Folkeparti and member of the EU’s election observation mission to Ethiopia, said:

    “The May election mobilised more than 90% of the Ethiopian population who, in voting, demonstrated their faith in democracy. But the problems started just after information on the poor result of the ruling party at the polls began to emerge. This provoked a massive crackdown by the authorities in an attempt to turn the situation around and keep power at any cost. In November, the government arrested the entire leadership and the elected members of the main opposition CUD party. Peaceful demonstrators were shot in the street of Addis Ababa, and other major cities. The government security forces are conducting house-to-house searches and arresting thousands of people suspected of sympathising with the opposition. Journalists from the independent press, leaders of civil society organisations and human rights activists are also being arrested. In addition, hundreds have gone in hiding.”

    “The scale of the repression is beyond imagination. I heard poignant stories of atrocities; a wife of an elected member of the Addis Ababa city administration who was shot dead for crying when her husband was brutally arrested is just only one example among many. How can the EU leaders tolerate such blatant violation of basic human rights?”

    Raül Romeva, member of the Parliament’s human rights committee, added: “It is disgraceful that member states have so far failed to publicly condemn the atrocities in Ethiopia. Instead of isolating the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Europe’s leaders are sending counter productive messages. Tony Blair invited him to Gleneagles in July and the German President invited him to Bonn last week, for example. This is tantamount to offering him impunity.”

    “EU taxpayer’s money should not be used to support repression in Ethiopia. I believe that an international committee of inquiry should be set up to investigate the ongoing atrocities and bring to justice those responsible for these crimes.”

  2. Yohannes Woldemariam

    September 16, 2016 at 2:59 AM

    – By Yohannes woldemariam

    ” State security forces to Ethiopia have used excessive and
    lethal force against largely peaceful protests that have swept
    through Oromia the country’s largest region, since November
    2015 over 400 people are estimated to have been killed,
    thousands arrested and hundreds likely more, have been
    victims of enforced disappearances”
    ‘Such a Brutal Crackdown”
    61 page report Humane rights Watch

    brutality is a lack of humanity, freedom and peace as a whole people are blow up in different places for
    freedom and democracy but the government leaders destroy all the people needs, solders killed unarmed and peaceful people by their bloody gun and guillotine,

    That all matter applied in our country specially Gambela, the area located at west Ethiopia,
    The Anyuak people are indigenous people in Gambella, one day the government authority request the following issue “Government want your fertile land because we promised to give a local and foreign investors” the people refused the authority’s request and said ”This is our land how do we move? we born here and we die here”
    December 13, 2003 morning the government brutal soldiers came and killed 500 innocent people that’s one of the worst moral crime can commit against and conducted by Ethiopian authority’s, this military action include badly, mental harm, torture and disappearance.
    see the following references
    ” the December 2003 massacre ” and “The outrageus Gambela Massacre of Anyuak community members, Jan 30, 2016”
    The Ethiopian government not take any activity as the master-minds
    The other Genocide attempt in Ogaden rigion, the government send his special force to the area and killed deliberately hundreds the Ogaden people, raping and disappearances the fate or destiny of girs,
    – US State department report 15/04/2016
    – Ethiopia government’s acts of Genocide by Imru Zeleke, open letter to the US secretary state
    – Ogaden Documentary sheds light on Ethioia’s
    The next Genocide attempt in diffrent Amhara region more than 700 peoples killed by government special force the victims are elders, childrens and young people’s still the peoples suffered by the government soldiers, extrajudicial execution are the daily action of the freedom force, even now a day many peoples killed and disappearance from Goder region special Wolkait and Tselemet area,
    – The silent Genocide on the Amahara, Documentary
    – Breaking truth the Amahara systematic Genocide.

    Recently the government special force committed crimes against oromo peoples, the indigenous people dicplace from there land by local investors the people irritated and oppose this land grabbing and displacement peacefully but the government force killed more than 400 peoples in different cities.
    -The united states concerned by clashes in oromia -Ethiopia-
    press Washington Washington,DC December 18,2015
    In general all this problem cause is lack of Democracy , no body express his opinion , no any one opposed the government and authority’s error, by this all reason a lot of peoples in jail , many opposition party members and journalists are arrested in different detention center all suffered and tortured by brutal interrogation techniques.

    The solution is on our hand , the first solution is unity , secondly we stand for voiceless people and fight for freedom democracy and Justice, lastly we will win anti democratic system ones for all and establish the new democratic country in east Africa.