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Ethiopian rights body says security forces killed at least 76 in summer unrest after musician’s killing

Ethiopian rights body says security forces killed at least 76 in summer unrest after musician’s killing

ETHIOPIA’S state-appointed human rights commission says security forces killed at least 76 people and wounded nearly 200 during violent unrest in June and July that followed the killing of a popular singer. The commission also detailed brutality by civilians involved in the clashes, saying some attackers beheaded and tortured people after dragging them from their homes and using ethnic slurs. The "widespread and systematic attack" on civilians by attackers constituted crimes against humanity, the commission said. Its report on the violence, some of the worst in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018, said a total of…
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Ethiopia charges 2,000 over violence after singer’s killing – attorney general

Ethiopia charges 2,000 over violence after singer’s killing – attorney general

DAWIT ENDESHAW ABOUT 2,000 people in Ethiopia have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June and charges against more prisoners are likely to follow, the attorney general has announced. At least 166 people were killed following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks. More than 9,000 people were arrested in the wake of the violence, including some politicians from Oromiya, Ethiopia's most populous province and the home of the deceased singer. "Some the suspects and some of the accused complained that they are being…
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Ethiopia files terrorism charges against leading opposition activist

Ethiopia files terrorism charges against leading opposition activist

ETHIOPIA has filed terrorism charges against a prominent media mogul and opposition politician from the Oromo ethnic group, Jawar Mohammed, the attorney general's office has announced. Jawar, founder of the Oromiya Media Network and a member of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, was arrested in June amid the widespread unrest that followed the assassination of popular Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. Jawar and 22 other activists, including Oromo opposition leader Bekele Garba, face charges relating to the violation of anti-terrorism laws, telecom fraud laws and firearms laws, the attorney general's office said in a statement on social media. Those charged include…
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Ethiopia protest clashes kill at least nine, most by gunshot, doctors say

Ethiopia protest clashes kill at least nine, most by gunshot, doctors say

DAWIT ENDESHAW CLASHES between Ethiopian security forces and protesters demanding the release of an opposition politician and a media magnate have killed at least nine people in the Oromiya region surrounding the capital, according to health officials. The unrest highlights growing divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Oromo power base as powerful ethnic activists who were once allies increasingly challenge his government. The protests started on Tuesday after a social media campaign for the release of prominent Oromo opposition leader Bekele Gerba and media mogul Jawar Mohammed, both arrested days after the killing an iconic Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. Jawar…
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Ethiopia region arrests 503 on feared violence at weekend festival

Ethiopia region arrests 503 on feared violence at weekend festival

DAWIT ENDESHAW POLICE in Ethiopia's Oromiya region have arrested 503 people on accusations they planned to cause violence during an annual thanksgiving festival this weekend and seized guns and hand grenades, the state-run news agency reported. State-affiliated Fana Broadcasting also reported on Friday that police and intelligence services had foiled what they said were plans to incite violence in Addis Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia ahead of the Irreecha festival of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group. The latest arrests happened a week after Ethiopia's attorney general said about 2,000 people had been charged over deadly violence after…
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