Ethiopia: Worrisome Situations in Detention Centres HRLHA – Urgent Action

May 24, 2014
For Immediate Release
While kidnappings and/or extra-judicial arrests and detentions have continued particularly around academic institutions in different parts of the regional state of Oromia in Ethiopia, disturbing and worrisome reports are coming out of detention centres where the Oromo students arrested in the past two weeks are being held.
According to HRLHA correspondents in Nakamte, Wollega Province in western Oromia, there have been cases of tortures of varying levels as well as detainees being taken away in the middle of the night to unknown destinations for unknown reasons. Fifty (50) detainees, including thirteen females, were taken away at one time alone; and their whereabouts were not known. In relation to tortures, the reports indicate that some of the detainees are isolated from others and held in separate rooms handcuffed and legs tied together with their hands on the their backs. There were ten students subjected to this particular situation, among whom were Std. Tesfaye Tuffa (male) and Std. Bontu Hailu (female). Although not confirmed at this point, there were also eight students who were screened out in order to be transferred to a detention or investigation office at the federal level; and these include:
1. Chalaa Fekaduu Gashe (high school student),
2. Chalaa Fekaduu Raajoo (high school student),
3. Nimoonaa Kebede (Wollega University 5th year law student),
4. Moi Bon Misganuu (Wollega University, student),
5. Abdii Gaddisaa (high school student),
6. Abel Dagim (high school student),
7. Qalbessa Getachew (high school student),
8. Mulgeta Gemechu (high school student),
9. Edosa Namara Dheressa, Civil Engineering, Wallaga University
In the meantime, reports indicate that kidnappings and/or extra-judicial arrests and detentions have continued in different parts of the regional state of Oromia, particularly in Hararge/Haromaya, West Showa, and West Wollega, all in relation to the protests that have been going on in the Regional State of Oromia in opposition to the newly introduced master plan to expand the Capital City of Addis Ababa/Finfinne in all directions by displacing the local Oromo residents. The following are among the hundreds of the most recent cases of kidnappings, arrests and detentions:
1) Edosa Namara Deressa – Wollega University (Civil Engineering)
2) Walabuma Dabale -Adama University, West Showa,
3) Ebisa Dale -Adama University
4) Ganamo Kurke -Adama University
5) Liban Taressa – Adama University
6) Adam Godana -Adama University
7) Bodana (last name not obtained) – Adama University

Name of other detainees arrested May 15-17, 2014,

Partial Detainees in Wallagga, May 16, 2014
N0 Name Gender Occupation Place /Town
1 Robel Qanno M Worker Mandii
2 Gammachis Hambisaa M Employee Mandii,
3 Bokaa Hundeessaa M Mandii
4 Bacaa Kebede M Mandi
5 Fiqiru Wadajo M Businessman Mandi
6 Eyob Kumara M Businessman Mandi
7 Raji Abbaya M 10 Mandi
8 Dabaloo Tolosaa M 10 Mandi
9 Surra Chali M 12 Mandi
10 Ebisaa Saqqata 12 Mandi
Haromaya University
1 Nimona Chali M Oromo language Haromaya
2 Magarsaa Baqqalaa M Oromo language Haromaya
3 Firayad M Teacher Haromaya
4 Girmaa M Haromaya
West Shawa, Ambo
1 Getachew Qajela M Ambo Town
2 Alemu Megerssa M 8 Ambo Town
3 Debisa Birru M – Ambo
4 Getacho Birruu M Previous Kaliti detainee Ambo
5 Tamire Chala M

office worker

Arrested on May 16, 2014 Wallagga University
1 Abbabu Tafa M student Nekemt
2 Galata Kumerra M student Nekemt
3 Gammachuu Butuna M student Nekemt
4 Gammachuu Fikadu M student Nekemt
5 Getachew Fikadu M student Nekemt
6 Gutaaa Galana M student Nekemt
7 Lammessa Balay M student Nekemt
8 Mokonoon Abarra M student Nekemt
9 Mokonon Asaffaa M student Nekemt
10 Mul’isaa Tafarra M student Nekemt
11 Nazib Jibril M student Nekemt
12 Shimalis Chaffe M student Nekemt
13 Sofia Kadir M student Nekemt
Arrested on May 16, 2014, West Wallaga Gulisso District
1 Abdii Mokonon M 10th grade Gullisoo
2 Chalaa Raggasa M Bussinessman Ayiraa
3 Damee Daddafa M Bussinessman Ayiraa
4 Daawit Tola M Bussinessman Gullisoo
5 Dirriba Gaja’a M student Ayiraa
6 Dirriba Tasfa M 7th grade Gullisoo
7 Ebba Kaniiba M 8th grade Gullisoo
8 Efirem Qana’a M student Ayiraa
9 Fikadu Gari M Farmer Gullisoo
10 Gammachu Tasisa M Businessman Gullisoo
11 Gammaachuu Wakjira M Government employee Gullisoo
12 Getane Adaba M Farmer Ayiraa
13 Getacho Oljira M Farmer Ayiraa
14 Girma Mulatu M 10th grade Gullisoo
13 Hunduma Awetu M Teacher Ayiraa
16 Jifara Busuna M student Gullisoo
17 Lalisa Indale M 9th grade Gullisoo
18 Lijalem Immana M Adminstrator Gullisoo
19 Malaku Aaga M Teacher Ayiraa
20 Milkessa Samu’el M student Ayiraa
21 Mulatu Cawaqa M Farmer Gullisoo
22 Obsa Getane M 10th grade Gullisoo
23 Obsa Raggasa M 9th grade Gullisoo
24 Qabana Hika M Teacher Ayiraa
25 Qanani Daniel M 7th grade Gullisoo
26 Toleraa Wakuma M student Ayiraa
27 Wande Nagasa M Businessman Gullisoo
28 Yaaed Dheressa M Teacher Ayiraa

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) is highly concerned about the life-threatening situations in the detention centres where those young Oromos were held, and the safety and wellbeing of those who were taken to unknown destinations. Therefore, HRLHA calls upon the Ethiopian Government to abide by all international human rights instruments that it has signed, and refrain from subjecting the young detainees to such harsh situations. It also calls upon all local, regional, and international human rights organizations including UN Human Rights Council, humanitarian, and diplomatic agencies to put pressure on the Ethiopian Government so that it
1. Unconditionally releases the Oromo students who were detained in the past two and three weeks simply because the attempted to exercise some of their fundamental rights in a peaceful and absolutely non-violent manner.
2. Stop killing, arresting and abducting Oromo nationals
3. To form an independent committee from civilians for investigation and Prosecution of the killing and torturing crimes.

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