"Insecurity is still a problem," says Human Rights Watch in Ethiopia

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Somali regional state in Ethiopia
Source: HRW

18 August 18,2018

Human Rights Watch called on the Ethiopian government to kill in the Somali region address the eastern part of the country and in Oromo region of Ethiopia.

In a report published this week, says Maria Burnett, Human Rights Watch Director for East Africa and the Horn of Africa, "Uncertainty is still a problem" in Ethiopia.

She has taken note of the changes brought about by the Abiy Ahmed government in Ethiopia during the last four months, including the release of political prisoners, and pointed out that ethnic and religiously motivated murders in the above mentioned regions & # 39; s indicate "continuing tensions in the country," in the words of Maria Burnett.

The right-wing group believes that investigating the killings with the aim of bringing perpetrators to justice is in the prime minister's interest. Abiy Ahmed & # 39; s popular agenda for change.

    "Bringing perpetrators to court is the only way to deter not only violence, but also to signal to Ethiopians that the country will change forever", wrote

HRW Director for the Region

. Last week Ethiopians were shocked by barbarous murders in Shashemane, in the Oromo region of Ethiopia, about 254 kilometers south of the capital Addis Ababa. A young man was killed by mafia leaders who were hanged upside down while the crowd saw it happen because they reportedly had a hand grenade during Jawar Mohammed, a Minnesota-based radical ethnic Oromo activist, visiting the city. The police later reported that the victim had no hand grenade. Three other civilians were killed the same day, reportedly as a result of the rush, as the regional police claim.

Doiga killed dozens of people among whom seven priests and more than ten churches (both Orthodox and Protestant churches) were burned. People had to flee to churches and military barracks until the government deployed a defense force in the region to prevent further killings by loyal Liyu troops from the former president of the region, Abdi Illey, and the youth group he organized, Heego.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today sent a stern warning when, during the graduation ceremony of senior military officers, he said that lawlessness and popular justice should no longer be tolerated.

Regional authorities Oromo and Somali region of Ethiopia claim that suspects in the murders of civilians are in custody and will be brought to justice.

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