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Amnesty requests Ethiopia to stop the murderous Liyu Police in its Somali Region!

1 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Ethiopian government must immediately withdraw and disband the Liyu police unit of the Somali regional state, whose members are unlawfully killing people in neighbouring Oromia region, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Members of the unit, set up by the Somali state as a counter-terrorism special force, this week burnt down 48 homes belonging to Oromo families who were living in Somali Region, forcing them to flee to Kiro in the regional state of Oromia.

The Ethiopian authorities must immediately demobilize the Liyu unit and replace them with police that abide by international human rights law. These rogue officers must not be allowed to brutalize people at will.

Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes says: 

“The Ethiopian authorities must immediately demobilize the Liyu police and replace them with police that abide by international human rights law. These rogue officers must not be allowed to brutalize people at will.”

On 23 and 24 May the unit also attacked four neighborhoods in the Chinaksen district of East Oromia, killing five farmers and burning down around 50 homes. These attacks caused residents to flee their homes looking for safety.

“The authorities must put an end to what appears to be state-sanctioned violence. The first step is to ensure all policing in Oromia is respectful of human rights. The next is to hold those responsible for these attacks to account through thorough, impartial and independent investigation.”

In 2017, incursions into Oromia by the unit led to the deaths of hundreds and the displacement of more than one million, according to a report by Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to implement the recommendations of the 2004 referendum, which voted for a clear demarcation of the Oromia-Somali border, as a means of addressing the root causes of tensions in the region.

In Amharic from BBC Amharic:

መንግሥት ልዩ ፖሊስን እንዲበትን አምነስቲ ጠየቀ!

በሶማሌና ኦሮሚያ ክልሎች ውስጥ የሰብአዊ መብት ጥሰቶችን ይፈፅማል ያለውን የልዩ ኃይል ፖሊስን መንግሥት እንዲበትን የሰብአዊ መብት ተቆርቋሪው አምነስቲ ኢንተርናሽናል ባወጠው መግለጫ ጥሪ አቅርቧል።

አምነስቲ እንዳመለከተው በአጎራባች የኦሮሚያ ክልል ውስጥ በመግባት ግድያን ይፈፅማሉ ያለቸውን የሶማሌ ክልል ልዩ የፖሊስ ኃይልን የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት በአስቸኳይ እንዲያስወጣና እንዲበትን ጠይቋል።

በሶማሌ ክልል የፀረ-ሽብር ልዩ ኃይል ሆኖ የተቋቋመው የዚህ ቡድን አባላት በዚህ ሳምንት በሶማሌ ክልል ይኖሩ የነበሩ ሰዎችን 48 ቤቶች በማቃጠል ወደ ኦሮሚያ ክልል እንዲሸሹ ማድረጉን ጠቅሷል።

መግለጫው ጨምሮም የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ይህን የልዩ ፖሊስ ክፍልን በአስቸኳይ በመበተን ለዓለም አቀፍ የሰብአዊ መብት ህጎች ተገዢ በሆነ የፖሊስ ኃይል እንዲተካም ጠይቋል።

የአምነስቲ ኢንተርናሽናል የምሥራቅ አፍሪካ፣ የአፍሪካ ቀንድና የታላላቅ ሃይቆች ዳይሬክተር የሆኑት ጆዋን ኒያኑኪ እንዳሉት “የልዩ ኃይሉ አባላት እንደፈለጉ በህዝብ ላይ ግፍ እንዲፈፅሙ መፈቀድ የለበትም” ብለዋል።

ባለፈው ሳምንት ልዩ ኃይሉ በምሥራቃዊ ኦሮሚያ ጭናቅሰን ወረዳ ውስጥ በሚገኙ አራት መንደሮች ላይ በፈፀመው ጥቃት 5 አርሶ አደሮች ሲገደሉ 50 የሚጠጉ ቤቶች በእሳት ተቃጥለዋል።

በዚህም ሳቢያ ነዋሪዎች ነፍሳቸውን ለማትረፍ መኖሪያቸውን ጥለው መሄዳቸውን የአምነስቲ ሪፖርት አመልክቷል።

“የመንግሥት ባለሥልጣናት ይህ ጥቃት እንዲያበቃ ማድረግ ይጠበቅባቸዋል” ያሉት ጆዋን ኒያኑኪ “ለዚህ ደግሞ የመጀመሪያው እርምጃ መሆን ያለበት ፖሊስ የሰብአዊ መብቶችን እንዲያከብር ማድረግና በጥቃቱ ተሳታፊ የሆኑትን በነፃና ገለልተኛ ምርመራ በመለየት ተጠያቂ እንዲሆኑ ማድረግ ያስፈልጋል” ብለዋል።

ልዩ የፖሊስ ኃይሉ ባለፈው ዓመት ኦሮሚያ ክልል ውስጥ በተፈፀመ ጥቃት በመቶዎች ለሚቆጠሩ ሰዎች ሞትና ከአንድ ሚሊዮን ለሚልቁ ሰዎች መፈናቀል ምክንያት መሆኑን የብሔራዊ አደጋ ስጋት ሥራ አመራር ኮሚሽን እና የተባበሩት መንግሥታት የሰብአዊ ጉዳዮች ማስተባበሪያ ያወጣው ሪፖርት ያመለክታል።

አምነስቲ ኢንተርናሽናል በማጠቃለያው በአካባቢው ላለው ውጥረት ዘላቂ መፍትሄ ለመስጠት፤ የኦሮሚያንና የሶማሌ ክልሎችን ድንበር ለይቶ ለማስቀመጥ በ1996 በተካሄደውን ህዝበ-ውሳኔ የተገኘውን ውጤት የኢትዮጵያ ባለስልጣናት ተግባራዊ እንዲያደርጉ አሳስቧል።

ይህንን ሪፖርት ተከትሎ የኢትዮጵያን መንግሥት ባለሥልጣናትን ምላሽ ለማግኘት ያደረግነው ጥረት አልተሳካም።


Real time analysis of Ethiopia’s political crisis as November 2017

21 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Braden Fuller, Real Time Analysis of Political Crisis Across Africa (ACLED) November 2017
On Friday, 4 August, Ethiopian officials lifted the 10-month long State of Emergency that was declared last year during an unprecedented wave of popular mobilization and anti-government protests. Enhanced government powers during the State of Emergency brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people’s movement and communication (HRW, 7 August 2017). Approximately 29,000 people were arrested, 8,000 of whom are currently on trial (Reuters, 4 August 2017). While mass detainment did succeed in bringing perceived normalcy back to the country throughout the State of Emergency, renewed riots and protests reaching levels seen leading up to the declaration of the State of Emergency in October of 2016 illustrate the failure of the Ethiopian government to address protester’s concerns and open up political space for opposing views. Opposition leaders remain in custody, and regime affiliated security forces continue to act with impunity; triggering renewed unrest in the country.
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Liyu Police Oromo killings intensified. In Tigray, Amhara and Oromo students are targeted. Is inciting inter-ethnic bloodletting TPLF’s survival strategy?

11 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Meanwhile, while the TPLF media and their social media scribblers are filled with denials and obfuscation, at Adigrat University in Tigray the situation continues to be extremely dangerous for Amhara and Oromo students.
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President Abdi Mohamud of Somali Region: The Capo of Our Time

22 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abdel Haq Noor

    The Liyu-Police don’t abide by any rules whatsoever. They kill, rape, imprison, torch and displace entire villages at will and face no consequence for their deeds. This does not mean that the military is immune from doing such heinous crimes. They do. But not in such scary scale; and (b) the military is considered an alien force that came to subjugate the people. Hence, a rallying point for the insurgents to fight them. But the Liyu Police is different. Though the leadership mainly come from one sub clan, they still considered as part of the community. Rising up against them will bring intra and inter community conflict.

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Fresh troops into Oromia Region because of ethnic clashes; TPLF addressing the problem w/o disarming the killers, the Liyu Police, heart of the problem!

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
CGTN Africa

Ethiopia has sent troops into its eastern Oromia region following renewed ethnic clashes between the people in the Ethiopia Somali and the Oromia regions. Thousands are reportedly fleeing the area, and close to 30 people are reported to have been killed.

Meantime reports are surfacing about persecution of those that did not participate in the Qimant referendum, according to DE Amharic Service.

Likewise, there wa report of violence against Amharas and Qimants in Geledba, where two Qimants and an Amhara person were killed.

Ma’ekalawi Prison: Why is Ethiopia still running ‘Torture Chamber’ from the past?

30 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Kalkidan Yibeltal & Tesfalem Waldyes

In Piassa, an area many consider to be the heart of Addis Abeba, rests the Ethiopian Federal Police Force Central Bureau of Criminal Investigation, otherwise known by its Amharic name, Ma’ekelawi (Amharic for central). Notorious for the sever torture detainees are subjected to inside its enclosures, Ma’ekelawi is a time defying institution which has been in use for more than half a century in Ethiopia, sadly for the same purpose.
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What has torture-in-chief minister Debretsion Gebremichael to do with Ogaden? Is he truly Ethiopia’s security-in-chief? Is it because of that Ethiopia tails all nations in its digital development?

30 Jun

Editor’s Note:

    The article hereunder was published on this page on June 30,2016, at the onset and deepening of the Ethiopian protests — at the time known as the Amhara and Oromo protests.

    It was at the height of that crisis the supposedly-minister of information communication, now the newly-minted boss of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael flew to the Ogaden on June 27, 2016.

    At the time, I quietly wondered what he was doing there, never trying to hire any pieces of information in my head to my aid. At the risk of exposing my laziness, let me say, I should have known better since I had long been aware of his role within the TPLF since he presented his services to the Front in security and espionage area.
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Ethiopian force accused of human rights abuse to receive UK millions

11 Jan

By Ben Quinn

Exclusive: documents seen by the Guardian detail £13 – £15m government funding for ‘special police’ in Ogaden region

The Ethiopian army withdrew from the Ogaden region after compalints againts soldiers'' conduct - to be replaced by the 'special police'. Photograph: Peter Delarue/AFP/GettyImages

The Ethiopian army withdrew from the Ogaden region after compalints againts soldiers” conduct – to be replaced by the ‘special police’. Photograph: Peter Delarue/AFP/GettyImages

Millions of pounds of Britain’s foreign aid budget are to be spent on training an Ethiopian paramilitary security force which stands accused of numerous human rights abuses and summary executions.

The Guardian has seen an internal Department for International Development document forming part of a tender to train security forces in the Somali region of Ogaden, which lies within Ethiopia, as part of a five-year £13 – 15m “peace-building” programme. The document notes the “reputational risks of working alongside actors frequently cited in human rights violation allegations”.

Dfid insists that the training will be managed by NGOs and private companies with the goal of improving security, professionalism and accountability of the force but Human Rights Watch has documented countless allegations of human rights abuses.

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