Geneva, 25 May 2017
RE: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia
The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and the pressing need to support the establishment of an independent, impartial and international investigation into atrocities committed by security forces to suppress peaceful protests and independent dissent.
The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.
As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.
An escalating human rights crisis in Oromia and Amhara Regions
The FIDH and its affiliated organization, Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO), deplore the brutal repression of demonstrations by the Police and firmly condemn the summary execution of at least 22 people yesterday in Addis Ababa.
Since the beginning of this week, numerous students and partisans of opposition political parties have protested in the streets following the provisional results of the May 15 legislative elections, which turned out in favour of the incumbents. These activists denounce the massive embezzlement and fraud that compromised the whole electoral process.