Extrajudicial Killings of Innocent Civilians in Oromia, Ethiopia

Ethiopian government security forces continue to commit grave human rights violations, with numerous extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions documented over the past month in the Oromia region. In November alone, more than 70 civilians were gunned down by security forces. These killings all occurred in violation of Ethiopia’s own justice system as well as its obligations under international human rights law. Individuals were shot on the street, in their homes, or taken out of prison and executed. Many of the bodies were then dumped and left to scavengers, denying their families a proper burial.

It is important to note that the cases reported here include only those deaths that we were able to validate and support, suggesting that the real number could be much higher.

In May, a report released by Amnesty International found that serious human rights violations were committed by Ethiopian security forces between December 2018 and December 2019, including extrajudicial killings and the arbitrary arrest and detention of thousands of people suspected of supporting the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and other opposition groups. Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Mucheria called upon the government for action:

“The authorities must immediately stop these horrific killings. They must also ensure that those responsible for these callous and brutal acts face justice.”

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