Will Ethiopia's Govt Show Restraint at Oromo Festival?

Human Rights Watch has called on the government to show that it has learnt from its show of force at the 2016 Ireecha Festival, which resulted in the deaths of what is estimated to be hundreds of people. Protests against the police violence resulted in a state of emergency that lasted until the end of August. This year's festival starts on October 1.

  • Ethiopia:   Exercise Restraint at Upcoming Festival

    HRW, 19 September 2017

    Ethiopian government and security officials should act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this year's Irreecha festival on October 1, 2017,… Read more »



Ethiopian religious festival-goers in a defiant stance that saw police respond with teargas and rubber bullets - several people were killed and others injured in the stampede that followed (file photo).

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