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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2005
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
March 8, 2006
"unlawful killings, including alleged political killings, and beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees and opposition supporters by security forces "
"arbitrary arrest and detention of thousands of persons, particularly those suspected of sympathizing with or being members of the opposition "
"detention of thousands without charge, and lengthy pretrial detention "
"government infringement on citizens' privacy rights, and frequent refusal to follow the law regarding search warrants "
"government restrictions on freedom of the press; arrest, detention, and harassment of journalists for publishing articles critical of the government; self‑censorship by journalists "
"government restrictions on freedom of assembly including denial of permits, burdensome preconditions or refusal to provide assembly halls to opposition political groups, and at times use of excessive force to disperse demonstrations "
"government limitations on freedom of association "
"societal discrimination against persons with disabilities, and discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities "
Source: United States Department of State
"The Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO) reported that from January to March armed militia killed several members of the opposition All-Ethiopia Unity Party/Coalition for Unity and Democracy (AEUP/CUD) in the Amhara Region. For example, on January 19, militia killed AEUP member Anley Adis and local AEUP chairman Eyilegne Wendimneh, both of Debay Telat-gen District, Yebabat Kebele. On February 28, militia killed Tilahun Kerebe of Ankesha District, Sostu Shumata Zegsa Abo Kebele; and on March 21, Alamir Aemero of Shikudad District, Absela Kebele. By year's end, police had arrested two suspects in the killing of Tilahun Kerebe."
"The Oromo National Congress (ONC) reported that, between March 19 and September 24, police, militia, and kebele (local administration) officials shot and killed 24 members and supporters. For example, on March 28, police shot and killed Ahmed Adem of Chelia District, Ijai Town. On June 12, police shot and killed parliamentarian-elect Tesfaye Adane, representing Arsi Negeli Town, East Shoa Zone"
"The CUD reported that on September 11 armed militia beat CUD member Asefa Getahun and that he died of his injuries the following day."
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