Rights Group Accuses Ethiopia of Illegal Detentions

A month after one of the most violent spates of unrest in the country's recent history, Human Rights Watch wants police and prosecutors  to publicly account for all detainees' whereabouts, comply promptly and fully with court bail orders, and ensure easy and regular access to lawyers and relatives for those not released. The arrests follow the June 29 killing of a popular Oromo artist and activist, Hachalu Hundessa, in Addis Ababa.

Prison officials and security forces have arbitrarily detained and tortured prisoners for years in the notorious regional prison known as Jail Ogaden. Ethiopia's new Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, should urgently order investigations into the horrific situation, and the government should ensure regional security forces and officials are held accountable.

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