A Fierce Crackdown against University Students in South-Western Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Human Rights League of the Horn Of Africa/HRLHA Urgent Action and Appeal

PUBLIC 11 April, 2011

A Fierce Crackdown against University Students in South-Western Ethiopia

 

Gadaa.com 

In another episode of suppression, dictatorship, irresponsibility and racism exercised by the TPLF/EPRDF government of Ethiopia, Oromo students at Mizan-Tepi University in southwestern Ethiopia, and Haro Maya (Alemaya) University in southeastern Oromia/Ethiopia, Hawasa University in southern Ethiopia and Nekemt University in western Oromia/Ethiopia have once again been met with guns and bullets, resulting in life-threatening injuries and imprisonment of dozens and scores of students.

The Oromo students of Mizan-Tepi University were encountered by fully-armed federal police force while holding a mini-demonstration on the university compound following a racially and politically triggered attack by Tigrian students attending the same university of Mizan-Tepi. According to HRLHA reporter in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa/Finfinne, the Oromo students of Mizan-Tepi University who staged the mini-demonstration on the university campus did not have any other intentions than attempting to bring the intimidating and harassing academic situations created by Tigrean students.

In addition to one unconfirmed case of death, about 114 students were (both male and female) were arrested and detained, although some of them were said to have been injured.

Highly concerning is that the whereabouts of those who remained in detention were not known until the time this urgent action was compiled. Meanwhile, HRLHA has confirmed that four Oromo students of Haro Maya University, Hawaasaa University and Wallaggaa Universiy, namely:

1. Girma Turuna (M) – Haro Maya – Arrested on April 9, 2011
2. Dachasa Wirtu Mosisa (M) – Haro Maya – Arrested on April 9, 2011
3. Gadaa Ragassa (M) – Hawaasaa
4. Fayisa Fufa (M) – Wallaggaa – Arrested on April 5, 2011

have been transported to Addis Ababa/Finfinne after being kidnapped by members of the Federal Police at different times; but, their specific whereabouts too were not know.

– Full Statement (Human Rights League of the Horn Of Africa/HRLHA)

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