In late June, popular Ethiopian singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead. The day after his death, angry youth took to the streets in the capital Addis Ababa and the surrounding region, sparking the ethnic violence.
The commission speaks of “heinous” crimes, in which people were beheaded and bodies dragged through the streets. Attackers were armed with axes, machetes and electrical cables.
‘Great doubts’ about the actions of security forces
In the report, the researchers strongly criticize the actions of the Ethiopian government forces. For example, there would have been no or too slow response to requests for help from victims.
“It felt like we didn’t have a government,” one of the victims says in the study summary. In addition, the researchers have “great doubts” whether the violence used was proportional; victims of security forces had bullets in the head and in the back. Also, government troops are said to have blocked medical assistance to victims by threatening staff in hospitals.
The Human Rights Commission proposes a more extensive independent investigation into the intervention of the security forces. The report also calls for an investigation into crimes against humanity and the researchers advise the government to quickly set up a national strategy to reduce the threat of genocide.
The violence following the death of protest singer Hundessa is one of many examples of recent ethnic conflict in Ethiopia. The country has been restless for months.
In November, the Ethiopian army entered the northern Tigray region. Earlier this month, at least 200 people were killed in a massacre near a village in the west of the country.
Prime Minister Abiy, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, says he wants to unite the country with more than 80 ethnic groups. He carried out major reforms. Various population groups are now trying to seize power in more open Ethiopia.
Ethiopian troops killed 76 people in riots after the murder of a protest singer
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