Following the July arrest and detention of representatives of the Wolqait Amhara Identity Committee in Gonder by the government’s Antiterrorism Taskforce, protests erupted in many areas of the Amhara region. The first of these protests took place on August 1st in Gonder town in which thousands of people took to the streets to denounce the arrests of the committee members and a range of other actions by the regional and federal governments.
Other demonstrations that took place in different parts of the region turned violent with security forces firing live bullets killing over 50 protestors in one day of protest on August 5 in Bahr Dar town, the capital city of the Amhara region.,
Information compiled by EHRP so far shows that major protests took place in 6 of the 11 zones in the region. The zones include North Gonder, South Gonder, Bahr Dar Special Zone, Awi, West Gojam and East Gojam. Anti-government street demonstrations and “stay at home” protests took place in small wereda towns and in some cases in rural kebeles across the six zones. The protests that were ignited in the historic town of Gonder, quickly spread to Debarq, Debtetabor, Metema, Ambagiorgis, Wereta, Simada, Gayint, Bahr Dar, Finote Selam, Burre, Enjibara, Dangila, Chagni, Tilili, Birsheleqo, Quarit, Dembecha, Amanuel, Debre Markos and other towns.
Under the orders of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, to take all measures necessary to contain the protests, police and army units used massive force that caused death and injury of hundreds of peaceful protesters. Thousands of others have been detained in military camps such as Birrsheleqo while many others were forcibly taken from their homes and never heard from since then. The government’s move to shutdown internet and phone services particularly in the areas of the region where intense protests were taking place made it extremely difficult for EHRP to interview victims and witnesses and other informants. As a result EHRP has not been able to compile information and data that shows the full extent of the human rights violations perpetrated by security forces in connection with the protests. Accordingly, the following list of victims is to show only what EHRP was able to compile and corroborate through various sources.
Table – Name of the people who have been killed and places
|14||Setegn||Gonder (from Welekayet)|
|15||Eteneshe Sheferaw||Eeast Gojam, Jiga|
|16||Endalew Mekonen||Gonder, Gayent|
|17||Eshete||Bahirdar (Kebele 16)|
|54||Yebeltal Ewenetu||Baherdarm Tis Abaye|
|57||Adan Eneyew||Gonder, Kebelle 16|
|69||Beletu Mohamed||Azezo, Gonder|
|70||Enjera Baye||Azezo, Gonder|
|72||Germachew Ketema||Lay Armachiho|
|88||Teacher Tessfaye Brhan||Debretabor Kebelleo1|
|89||Yebeletal Desse||Debretabor Kebelleo2|
|94||Teacher Berehanu Ayele||North Shewa, MAjete|
|95||Abrarawe Alemayhu||South Gonder, Semada|
|96||Temesegen Sisay||South Gonder, Semada|
|97||Gashaw Siraje||South Gonder|
|98||Fenta Mogess||South Gonder, Semada|
|99||Tadelle Yayehe||East Gojam, Bure|
Ethiopian Human Right Project has been gathering information about Amhara region repression and from the obstacle faced through gathering information this short report is not all inclusive.
Denouncing the government action, Ethiopian Human Right Project (EHRP) demand the government to make responsible those government agents who take actions, permit independent body to investigate and refrain from killing of its own people who demand their basic human rights.
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