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October 2016


State of Emergency

  CREW finds the October 8 declaration of the State of Emergency issued by the Ethiopian Government extremely worrisome. Restrictions on various human rights: including banning social media, broadcast media, peaceful protest and even gestures and others are imposed on the nation for the coming six months. At the beginning of the month, it was reported at least 150 people died during the “Irrecha”

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Ethiopia: More than 150 Dead after Security Forces Fire into Crowd

In response to actions by Ethiopian security forces leading to the death of more than 150 people attending the Irreecha religious and cultural celebration in the Bishoftu town in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on October 2, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The deaths in Bishoftu occurred because security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition at a crowd of over a million people celebrating

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