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Stop the Killings in the Oromia Region

Press Release December 24, 2015

Oromia imageIt is to be remembered that Center for the rights of Ethiopian women (CREW) issued a statement on May 3, 2014 condemning the killing of students and their supporters in various parts of Oromia region in Ethiopia. Sixteen students were killed at Ambo University alone and more than ten students at other universities in the region.  They were killed by government security forces for protesting against a new Integrated Development Master Plan of the city of Addis Ababa which the students believe is a plan to annex several towns in the area and displace Oromo farmers. Again, in the last few weeks we are witnessing the same merciless killings of peaceful protesters including women and children in the Oromia region.

Even though the Ethiopian government has reported only 5 deaths, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have reported the number of deaths have reached more than 75. NO matter what the actual number is, CREW believes, “even one killing is one too many” for peaceful demonstration. Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch stated,  “The Ethiopian government’s response to the Oromia protests has resulted in scores dead and a rapidly rising risk of greater bloodshed, the government’s labeling of largely peaceful protesters as ‘terrorists’ and deploying military forces is a very dangerous escalation of this volatile situation.” Read more

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