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At least 183 people killed in the Amhara region, says UN Human rights body 

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Ethiopian Defense Force member is seen near stopped military camion in North Ethiopia. (Photo source: Daily News Egypt)

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The spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Marta Hurtado, on Tuesday released a statement regarding the human rights situation in the country. 

It said at least 183 people have been killed in the Amhara region of Ethiopia since July of this year. Local Ethiopian news sources seem to have a much higher estimate of the number of civilian casualties from the war in the Amhara region.  The government has shut the internet in the region before even introducing a state of emergency. In some areas, phones are not working. The region has not been accessible to reporters and the Ethoipian government has also been mouting crackdown on journalists. 

There have been accusations that Ethiopian Defense Forces mobilized a mechanized division of the army to control the situation in Amhara. Many civilian victims in the region are from artillery shelling of residential areas in major towns. Earlier this month, a drone attack in Finote Selam killed at least 28 people, which the UN report omitted to cite.  

The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency early this month with the aim of controlling widespread protest in the Amhara region but the situation has been worsening. 

“In the Amhara region, following a flare-up in clashes between the Ethiopian military and the regional Fano militia, and the declaration of a state of emergency on 4 August, the situation worsened considerably,” said the statement from the UN High Commission for Human Rights. 

Apart from indiscriminate killings in the region, there have been arbitrary mass arrests mostly targeting ethnic Amhara in the capital Addis Ababa. 

The UN has confirmed it. It said, “We have received reports that more than 1,000 people have been arrested across Ethiopia under this law[the state of emergency].” The state of emergency curtailed all forms of rights in Ethiopia and has given government security bodies extra power.  Local Ethiopian news sources indicate that the number of people arrested in connection with the state of emergency is much more than what the U.N, indicated. 

A statement from the UN human rights body said “We call on the authorities to stop mass arrests, ensure that any deprivation of liberty is judicially reviewed, and release those arbitrarily detained. The Oromia regional state has reportedly arrested thousands focusing on ethnic Amhara. 

The UN body has seemingly played a bothsidesism in its statement giving the impression that Fano forces are involved in rights abuse. It said, “with federal forces reasserting their presence in certain towns and Fano militias reportedly retreating into rural areas, we call on all actors to stop killings, other violations and abuses. Grievances must be addressed through dialogue and political process.”

It seems to have omitted that what is happening in the Amhara region is a full-fledged war between the Ethiopian government and Fano forces. 

The UN statement also made claims about the arrest of ethnic Tigreans in what it called “the disputed area of Western Tigray.”

“We have also received allegations that at least 250 ethnic Tigrayans were detained in the disputed area of Western Tigray, reportedly in joint operations by the Amhara police, local authorities and local militia, including armed youth from Wolkait,” it said. 

The report also expressed concern about the situation in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: “At least 183 people killed in the Amhara region, says UN Human rights body” August 29, 2023

    Humble Comment, 30 Aug 2023
    1) There is no question that the ANCIENT INDEPENDENT BLACK AFRICAN COUNTRY in the WORLD is its OWN ENEMY.

    2) Ethiopia has NO enemy but itself.

    3) Just watch the disintegration of Ethiopia into pieces.

    4) Ethiopia does NOT need enemies ——–IT IS HER OWN EFFECTIVE ENEMY.

    5) Ahhh …… the country of Haile Selassie, Menelik, Tedros, Yohannes………and so many admirable gallants — IN HISTORY
    — had to go down to the gutter— YES, THE GUTTER !!!

    6) Perhaps the term CURSE comes to be physical reality, after all.

    7) Who ever thought that Ethiopia will end-up in the gutter, out of so many places.

    8) And so, with the above shocking, the squabbling of Ethiopians among themselves is clearly reflected around the
    Globe.

    9) Does that mean the TRUTH of ETHIOPIA has at last pops out on the surface for the World to laugh at— especially
    ‘aged colonial’ forces of the past.????????

    10) Who ever thought that ETHIOPIA , the proudest black African country in the World , would come down to such
    disgraceful level.?????????????
    ———— What Will We See NEXT DISASTER ——-????????

  2. 1). Ethiopia & Election: The last election was held under the supervision of international observers [US/EU/AU]. So, Abiy & his PP are Democratically Elected Officials [DEO].

    2). Murder & Law Enforcement: Zemene/Eskinder/Mihret/Mesafint [ZEMM] murdered Amara DEO & started this war. Murder is Capital Crime & Murderers should stand trial.

    3). No Safe Haven for Murderers Hiding Behind the ‘Amara Popular Front(APF)/Fanno’: ZEMM put on the APF/Fanno Hat to evade justice. You Do the Crime; You Do the Time.

    5). Fannos vs. Putschists: Fannos are the army’s volunteer apolitical backups. Not ethnic putschists! Not ethnic politicians. ZEMM/APF/Fanno are Amara Supremacist Putschists

    6). Crimes against Humanity [CAH] & Human Rights Violations [HRV]: Using Children & Civilians [C&C] as Human Shields & Cannon Fodder [HS & CF] are CAH & HRV. ZEMM have been using C&C as HS&CF. So, they should stand trial for CAH & HRV.

    7). Obstruction of Justice [OJ]: Blocking roads, sheltering criminals, etc. is tantamount to aiding & abetting criminals [AAC]. So, such accomplices should be prosecuted for OJ.

    8). Passport Revocation & Interpol: The passports of those guilty of Putsch, AAC, CAH, HRV, etc. should be revoked and Interpol notified of revocation with their latest photos.

  3. It is reported that the EU has called for a dialogue and peaceful resolution for this stupid conflict. Yes, yes, yes to the call for the cessation of all hostilities, wanton detentions and killings of civilians!!! This call is more resonating just because it is from people that know first hand the consequences of stupid civil wars. It is a continent that wrote its past history in human blood during its darkest days of the Seven, Thirty, Hundred Years, Napoleonic, 1st and 2nd World Wars in which hundreds of millions of its citizens lost their lives. Europe knows first hand the benefits of dialogue, peace and stable society. I hope and pray that all sides will heed this call and come to the table and hash out the issues. With the news of a loss of a young man I feel like I lost one of my own sons and with the news of a loss of a young woman I mourn as if I lost my own daughter. I call upon all of you in our Diaspora to put the caps back on your inflammatory pens and join those who call for dialogue and peaceful resolution. This conflict is triggered by raw emotion on both sides and nothing good will come out of it whoever will be the ‘victorious’ and who will be the ‘vanquished’. Unless this conflict is brought to an end now millions and upon millions will lose their lives. Take a look at this way. The bloody conflict that raged for two years in Tigray with less than 7 million people had caused the death of close to a million citizens with every resident losing every thing. Then try to extrapolate that number on a region of more than 30 million people. Targets will be much easier and the scale of casualties will be unimaginable. It sends chills down my spine just thinking about it. There is no other choice other than bringing it to an immediate halt now. Let’s all be peace mongers for a change.

    Peace y’all!!!

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