APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC) Tuesday expressed concern over continuing mass arrest in Addis Ababa, the capital.
The council said these arrests have not been made based on the legal procedures while some of them have been accompanied by forced disappearances.
EHRC in a statement said based on information it obtained from the families of detainees some of the police forces were seen using vehicles with no licence plates.
There are also detainees that were taken to Awash-Arba, a secluded site located in Afar Region, according to EHRC.
EHRC said that although it requested further clarification from various relevant government bodies regarding this issue, it could not get a response until yesterday.
A member of the House of Peoples Representatives, Christian Tadele, and the other detainee Dr. Kassa Teshager, a member of the Addis Ababa House of Representatives were arrested in connection with this case on 04 August 2023.
But they have not been brought to court yet, their immunity right has been violated and their whereabouts are not known, according to EHRC.
EHRC said that human rights violations have been witnessed in the newly established Southern Ethiopia Region.
Last August, several people were killed in Gamo Zone by security forces in disagreements following acts carried out to restructure the satellite Kolla Shara Peasant locality to Arba-Minch Town.
The council also said that human rights violations have been occurring in various areas of Amhara Region due to the ongoing conflicts.
EHRC said that killings, kidnappings, arrests, robberies and sexual violence against women continued in places such as Bahir-Dar, Merawi, Dembecha, Ammanuel, Lumame, Debre-Markos, Finote-Selam, Bichena, Debre-Tabor, Wereta, Addis-Zemen and other areas.