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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Press Release on the Human Rights Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), acting through Commissioner Lawrence Mute, the Country Rapporteur responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (Ethiopia), condemns the grenade attack on civilians which occurred during a rally on Saturday 23 June 2018.

The attack took place during a rally which was being held in in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square, moments after H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had finished addressing the crowds, and reportedly resulted in the death of two (2) people and one hundred and fifty six (156) wounded. 

This rally was being held amidst positive developments for the promotion and protection of human rights in Ethiopia which have been initiated by H.E. Prime Minister Ahmed, including the release of political detainees, moves to liberalize the economy, in addition to initiatives to ensure the free exercise of human rights by Ethiopians, including freedom of expression.

The Commission commends these developments and calls on the Prime Minister and the Government of Ethiopia to continue working towards the full realization of human and peoples’ rights in Ethiopia.

Additionally, the Commission expresses its sincere condolences to the victims and their families, and calls on the Government of Ethiopia to ensure prompt investigation of the attack, prosecution of the perpetrators and provision of redress to the victims, while upholding fundamental human rights and freedoms, in line with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will remain actively seized of this matter.


                                                                                    Banjul, 26 June 2018