Government under fire over ethnic clashes
Publish date: 11 June 2018
Issue Number: 777
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Amnesty International has accused the Ethiopian Government of not doing enough to prevent escalating ethnic violence in Oromia, the country's biggest region. A report on the News24 site notes that groups of Oromo youths have been targeting thousands of Amhara, the country's second-largest ethnic group with 20 people being killed in attacks since last October. ‘The Ethiopian government must take action to prevent these brutal attacks on the Amhara community, who have been targeted due to their ethnicity and now face being made homeless,’ said Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International's East Africa director. Ethiopia is divided into ethnically demarcated federal regions and inter-communal conflicts have become common in recent months.