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Hold Abusive Officials, Security Forces Accountable

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian government forces summarily executed a 17-year-old boy in Ethiopia’s Oromia region in broad daylight, Human Rights Watch said today. The public execution of Amanuel Wondimu Kebede underscores the lack of accountability…
Roundabout at site of Amanuel Wondimu's execution on May 11, 2021, in Dembi Dollo town, Oromia, Ethiopia.
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Lift Access, Communication Restrictions; Avert Looming Humanitarian Disaster

(Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities should protect people and property at risk from the fighting. Amid credible reports of increasing casualties, the authorities on both sides should facilitate access for humanitarian…
Trois femmes éthiopiennes ayant fui les violences dans la région du Tigré, dans le nord de leur pays, photographiées le 13 novembre 2020 dans un camp de réfugiés situé à Al-Fashqa au Soudan, à l’ouest de la frontière avec l’Éthiopie.
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Police Deny Lawyers, Relatives Access; Ignore Bail Orders

(Nairobi) –Ethiopian authorities have been detaining dozens of opposition members and journalists for prolonged periods and often without charge since late June 2020, raising serious rights concerns. A month after one of the most violent spates of…
Ethiopia's police officers watch over a foot bridge as they patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 21, 2018.
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New Emergency Law Raises Concerns of Further Arrests, Prosecutions

Update: Authorities released Elizabeth Kebede on bail the afternoon of May 6, 2020. (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government has been using Covid-19 restrictions and a recently declared state of emergency as a pretext to restrict…
Ethiopian men read newspapers at a cafe during a declared state of emergency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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Asylum Policy Changes Threaten Eritreans’ Rights

(Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government’s changes to asylum procedures for Eritreans undermines their access to asylum and denies unaccompanied children necessary protection. The Ethiopian authorities should ensure that all Eritreans have…
Eritrean refugee children play within Hitsats refugee camp near the Eritrean boarder, Tigrai region, Ethiopia, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Blocking Access Could Cost Lives

UPDATE: Ethiopia announced that it would restore phone and internet service to western Oromia after a three-month shutdown. (New York) – Intentionally shutting down or restricting access to the internet violates multiple…
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Restore Internet, Phone Services in Oromia

  (Nairobi, March) – The Ethiopian government should immediately lift the shutdown of internet and phone communications in the Oromia region. The two-month-long shutdown has prevented families from communicating,…
Mimiyo Fikadu, 38, taxi driver, browses through the internet using his Ethio-telecom service as he waits for his customers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Revise Draft Law on Hate Speech, Disinformation

(Nairobi, December 20, 2019) – Ethiopian lawmakers should significantly revise the draft law on hate speech and disinformation currently before parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. If approved, the Hate Speech and Disinformation…
A man scrolls down his cell phone for social media newsfeed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 11, 2019.
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Early Reforms Followed by Rising Tensions, Security Breakdown

This week marks Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s one-year anniversary as Ethiopia’s prime minister. But how his first year will be remembered depends on who you ask. For many, Abiy’s performance has marked a significant departure from past…
Abiy Ahmed, newly elected prime minister of Ethiopia, is sworn in at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, April 2, 2018. © 2018 Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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Region’s Leaders Should Reverse Repression, Ensure Justice

(Nairobi) – Clear patterns of government repression against peaceful protesters, activists, and journalists emerged across the East and Horn of Africa region during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.…
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Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions Urgently Needed

The government of Ethiopia should commit to undertaking criminal investigations and prosecutions following many years of rights abuses in Jail Ogaden, a detention facility in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region, Human Rights Watch said…
Satellite image of Jail Ogaden May 2016.
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Redress and Accountability Needed for Crimes

The government of Ethiopia should commit to an in-depth, independent fact-finding mission into many years of rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region, Human Rights Watch said today. This should…
A refugee woman from Imey, a town in the Gode zone of Ethiopia's Somali Region, stands outside her makeshift home in Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. She and her children fled to Kenya after her husband was killed by Ethiopian forces in December 200
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Senior Officials Implicated in Nonstop Regimen of Abuse

(Nairobi) – Prison officials and security forces have arbitrarily detained and tortured prisoners for years in the notorious regional prison known as Jail Ogaden. Ethiopia’s new prime minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, should urgently order…
Satellite image of Jail Ogaden, Jijiga, Ethiopia, recorded on May 27, 2016.
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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.
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Overbroad, Vague Provisions Undercut Rights

Ethiopia’s newly proclaimed state of emergency risks further closing the space for peaceful political activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The action dashed hopes that the release of key political prisoners days earlier was a first…
Police officers patrol along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 21, 2018. © 2018 Reuters
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Spyware Industry Needs Regulation

Ethiopian authorities have carried out a renewed campaign of malware attacks, abusing commercial spyware to monitor government critics abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately cease digital attacks on activists and…
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International Inquiry Needed into Deaths at 2016 Event

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian government and security officials should act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this year’s Irreecha festival on October 1, 2017, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video…
Armed security forces watch during the Irreecha cultural festival in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on October 2, 2016.
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Paramilitary Force Killed 21, Detained Dozens, in June 2016

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian authorities have failed to hold accountable a paramilitary force that killed at least 21 villagers in the Somali region of Ethiopia in June 2016. The government should promptly grant access to independent international monitors to…
A toddler, then 5-months old, who was wounded but survived the Jamaac Dubad killings. His mother and grandmother were killed in the incident, December 4, 2016.
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Lake Turkana Water Levels down, further drop expected

(Nairobi) – Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today.…
Boys fishing in Lake Turkana. The population of Turkana County is predominantly Turkana people, who rely on fishing in Lake Turkana for their livelihood.
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UN Security Council, Donors Should Prioritize Justice in Somalia

(Nairobi) – African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM) should release the findings of their investigation into alleged unlawful killings of 14 civilians by Ethiopian forces in July 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. More than six months after the incident…
A relative mourning the deaths of 14 civilians, including religious leaders, elders, and koranic school teachers, killed in a small village in the Bay region of southwest Somalia. © 2016 Private