Ethiopia ‘to free nearly 10,000 detainees’ – Most of whom are Oromo
Africa editor, BBC World Service
(BBC Highlights, Dec 21) — Ethiopia says it’s releasing nearly 10,000 people detained under the state of emergency imposed in October.
Another 2,500 will be charged with crimes related to unrest.
The authorities say those released have been given special training to ensure they will no longer engage in “destructive behaviour”.
Most of the detainees are from the regions of Oromia and Amhara, where there were months of protests against political and economic marginalisation.
The situation has been relatively calm since the state of emergency came into force.
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BBC Africa, Addis Ababa
(BBC Highlights, Dec 21) — Nearly 10,000 people detained under the current state of emergency in Ethiopia were freed this morning, deputy government spokesman Zadig Abraha has confirmed to the BBC.
On Saturday, the government said more than 24,000 people have been arrested since the state of emergency was declared three months ago and half that number still remain in custody without charge.
The government has dismissed reports by human rights and opposition groups that many of those arrested have been tortured at various camps and their families have been refused permission to see them.