Ethiopia: “At Least 45 Civilians” Executed by Security Forces on January 29

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The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has condemned the Ethiopian government forces for the execution of at least 45 residents of a town in the Amhara regional state (North) on January 29, where they are engaged in clashes with local militias. This statement was made on February 13, shedding light on the dire situation.

“The EHRC is investigating civilian casualties resulting from the clashes (…) on January 29, 2024, in the locality of Merawi,” stated the EHRC, a statutorily independent public institution, in a press release. The EHRC further confirmed the identities of the victims, emphasizing that they were civilians who fell victim to executions by government security forces.

The revelation underscores the ongoing violence and human rights abuses in Ethiopia, fueling concerns about the safety and well-being of civilians caught in the crossfire of the conflict. It also highlights the crucial role of independent institutions like the EHRC in documenting and exposing such atrocities, emphasizing the importance of accountability and justice in the pursuit of peace and stability.

As the international community grapples with the escalating crisis in Ethiopia, calls for restraint and dialogue resonate louder than ever, emphasizing the urgent need for all parties involved to prioritize the protection of civilians and the respect for human rights.

Soukaina Sghir

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