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FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA:
OROMO CIVILIANS KILLED, WOUNDED BY THE MILITARY

Update info:
26 Feb 2018
Country:
FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA
Subject:
Ethiopian Oromos
Gender m/f: Both
Period:
3 Apr 2018
Distribution date:
26 Feb 2018
UA No:
040/2018

At least 22 members of the Ethiopian Oromo community have been killed or wounded by military officers in two separate incidents. 

On 11 February, six trucks carrying between 50 and 60 soldiers and loaded with food supplies arrived at the Hamaressa camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Ethiopia. Internally displaced Ethiopian Oromos at the camp surrounded the trucks and some tried to access the vehicles as they entered the camp. A confrontation ensued between the military personnel accompanying the trucks and the Ethiopian Oromo IDPs. The military personnel then opened fire on those who had surrounded the trucks. Two people were killed at the site ・one of them being a local police officer who had asked the military to leave the camp. After the incident, a nearby hospital confirmed that a total of four people had died as a result of gunshot wounds they sustained during the struggle between the military and the IDPs. 

In September 2016, hundreds of Ethiopian Oromos left the Somali region of Ethiopia, as ethnically based inter-communal clashes broke out between them and Ethiopian Somalis. Many Ethiopian Oromos fled after they saw their fellow ethnic community members being evicted, rounded up or killed. Thousands of Ethiopian Oromos remain displaced in IDP camps in Oromia.

On 12 February, in response to tensions between Ethiopian Oromo youth and Ethiopian Somali herders in Madawalabu city in Oromia, military personnel patrolling the area opened fire in an open market killing four and injuring at least 14 people, all of whom belong to the Ethiopian Oromo community.

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the excessive and unlawful use of force by the Ethiopian military in the above cases.

Take action

Please write immediately in English or Amharic:

  • Calling on Ethiopian authorities to ensure that the security forces stop using unlawful lethal force during policing exercises; 
  • Urging them to conduct an independent, impartial, credible, transparent and thorough investigation into the killing and wounding of Ethiopian Oromos in the two incidents and ensure anyone found responsible is brought to justice in trials that meet international standards without recourse to the death penalty; and
  • Calling on them to ensure the victims and their families receive reparations for harm done.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 3 APRIL 2018 TO:
Minister of Defense
Siraj Regassa
FDRE Ministry of Defense
Ras Damtew Desta street
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
P.O.Box 1373
Fax: +251-111240308
Email: info@fdremod.gov.et
Salutation: Your Excellency

Attorney General
Getachew Ambaye
Jomo Kenyata St.
Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
P.O. Box 1370
Email: justabr@ethionet.et
Salutation: Your Excellency