Years of Abuse in Eastern Ethiopia Need Probe, Rights Group Says

  • Regional police force implicated in killings, torture: HRW
  • Local president deposed this month amid heightened tensions

By Nizar Manek, 20 August 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Ethiopia’s government must commit to a full investigation into years of rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in the eastern Somali region, Human Rights Watch said, after the regional president was deposed.
The Liyu Police force, which was under ex-President Abdi Mohamoud Omar’s control, has enacted an abusive counter-insurgency campaign over the past decade and been implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture and rape, the New York-based rights group said Monday. In a 2008 report, Human Rights Watch accused both Ethiopian security forces and insurgents of war crimes in the region.
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