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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."
The report is not that much imoprtant for both ethiopian or american people.
there is noting new different this report can tell other than repeating the 15 years suffering of ethiopian peoples in the hands the legal criminals who enjoy western’s support.
A crime becomes “a crime” when the international community decides to call it crime! example: in 1985-1986 Saddam Hussein Gased the Kurds!!..it wasn’t a crime back then cause no one said any thing!! but it is now! cause Saddam is useless now!! The Western world know perfectely that Meles is the Vampire who needs to feed himself of blood…they know all the atrocities commited again the ethiopian people since 1991…and yet Meles is “the young African progressive leader"!!…freedom is not free!! advise to ethiopians is to face the devil with the sword of truth & God…and fight the good fight for our beloved people. Do not expect your freedom from European nor American…they fought theirs fight..we’ll have to fight ours. Meles will have to go by any means necessary! at all cost. No country can stand to another! and with our God’s help our people will once again be victorious…Saddam doesn’t deserve to be killed but fried like KFC!! he is the most crual human being…in fact he is the devil himself!! not only to wat he did to his own country but also to ethiopia!! Saddam = Meles and Meles = Saddam…both should’ve been in jail not only Saddam.
I am just glad that the international community finally decided o call it what was.Yes, crimes have been committed. The time has come to bring all things out. Meles is a killer and his thugs should come to justice!
This is what they mean when they say “Calling a spade, a spade”
This report means nothing unless it is acted upon. I am completely baffled by what is going on. How come, then, the US State Department continues to adamantly support this oppressive and clearly undemocratic regime in light of the atrocities reported by its own staff?
GIVE ME A BREAK!!!….AS THEY SAY ON 20/20.
There is only one of violating individual rights: by the use of physical force. There are two potential violators of man’s rights: the criminals and the government.
Criminals are a small minority in any age or country. The harm they have done to mankind is infinitesimal when compared to the horrors – the bloodshed, the wars, the persecutions, the confiscations, the famines, the enslavements, the wholesale destructions – perpetrated by mankind’s governments. Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is man’s deadliest enemy.
The TPLF/EPRDF racist-mafia-dictatorship must free all political prisoners!
Our people are being kidnapped, tortured, imprisoned, and killed for just practicing the rights stated in the Ethiopian Constitution in Article 30.1 (Everyone has the right to assemble and to demonstrate together with others peaceably and unarmed, and to petition.)
I think USA she is on the way to change her idia right now.In American poletical situation ,they knows what’s goin on in Ethiopia.What ever they decide or not we Ethiopians are the solution.That’s why our hero’s they just fighting these tinnege killer gorela leader ethnic group right now.What ever it’s bitter Ethiopian sacrifice gone be sweet at last.By the way….i am gone say these every site to Ethiopians…go to Ethiopian commentator,Dejen radio click on March/1/06…you will be amazed…we are geting so close…! DOWN TINNEG KILLERS…!'’WOLADITE AMLAK YALECHIW AIKER'’
It is interesting to note that supporters of TPLF do not have any thing to comment on this issue.
What can they comment? It is the TPLF/EPRDF racist-mafia-dictatorship that kidnaps unarmed civilians, tortures them, imprison them and even murder them.
Let us try everything in our power to bring down this thug regime.
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