Ethiopia: Civilian killings and arrests in Ogaden Region
According to reports that Ogadentoday Press has received from independent sources in Ogaden, crack downs on civilians are taking place in different zones of Ogaden, a region in eastern Ethiopia that has been ravaged by conflict since 1994.
Sources close to the Ogaden regional administration that refused to be named told Ogadentoday Press that twelve people had been killed by the regional Paramilitary forces, who are otherwise locally known as “Liyu Police”.
An estimated hundreds have been arrested last week’s crackdowns in the Ogadeni towns of Godey, Shilaabo, Kebridahar, Dhagaxbuur, Jigjiga and Fik.
Ogadentoday Press has received some of the list arrested and killed.
The detainees have no access to their legal rights and are mostly accused of being supportive of the rebel group ONLF. The Ogaden National Liberation Front has been fighting for the independence of the Ogaden region in eastern Ethiopia.
Locals accuse the government of using harsh methods of cracking down on people, they further say that every one fears for his life and security.
The Ogaden National Liberation Front in the Ogaden Region last week issued a statement accusing the government of human right abuses in the region.
Peace talks between ONLF and Ethiopian government stalled on October 2012 however there still are diplomatic efforts exerted to resume the negotiations again.
The Regional administration is preparing to held Ethiopia’s Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day in Jigjiga. The government of Ethiopia put its security alert at high last week.
Ethiopian Paramilitary Forces have long been accused of human rights abuses in the Ogaden Region but Ethiopia consistently denied the accusations.
Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and his delegation visited the area recently for investment.
Since 2005, Ethiopia’s government isolated the Ogaden region from the world. Ethiopia imposed a ban all international aid and media organizations in Ogaden despite, a handful are operating under the permit of intelligence surveillance.
Soure: Ogadentoday Press