UN expresses concern over TPLF massacre of Amhara Wolidya residents during religious event; urges independent & impartial investigation

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Spokesperson

“We are extremely concerned by the use of force by 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 Woldiya City in Amhara Regional State on 20 January, reportedly took place when the security forces tried to stop people from chanting anti-government songs and allegedly opened fire on them. Protesters reportedly later blocked roads and destroyed a number of properties.

This incident is all the more regrettable, as it comes just two weeks after Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, officially announced its intention to undertake reforms.

We call on the 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 Government to undertake the necessary legal and policy reforms, along with guidance and training, to create the conditions for law enforcement officials to operate in line with international standards.”


    ለምን ፖለቲካዊ ዝማሬ አሰማችሁ በሚል፣ ነፍሰ ገዳዩ ሕወሃት ወልዲያ ውስጥ አያሌ ዜጎችን ገደለ!

    “የሕወሃት ታጋዮች ማኅበር”፡ 1,700 አባላት በአዲስ አበባ፣ ከ800 በላይ ጭፍጨፋ በሚካሄድባት ወልድያና አካባቢዋ፣ 800 በቤኒሻንጉል ወዘተ! የእያንዳንዱ ዜጋ ነገ በሕወሃት እየተገደበ ነው!


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