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Petition the British Government to avert indiscriminate massacre of civilians in Ethiopia!

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Ethiopia is currently engulfed in uprisings and rebellion as citizens say enough to the onslaught on their basic civil rights and political repression for over 25 years. The brutal minority authoritarian regime in power has shut out the majority from democratically and peacefully participating in the political process and continued to stifle dissent.

During the last nine months, ongoing protests have erupted in Oromia and Amhara regions that accounts for over 70% of the Ethiopian population of over 100 Million. The protesters are requesting respect for constitutional and land rights. They are also rejecting the brutal regime controlled by TPLF – a group claiming to represent Tigreans comprising a mere 6% of the population whose support has not even verified by democratic election.

The regime’s response to the protests has been agonizing. Human right groups stated that over 600 civilians from Oromia and Amhara regions have been killed and thousands thrown in to prisons also called death valleys during the protest. The regime’s security forces have been observed firing machine guns and live ammunition directly to the heads and chests of protesters. It is reported that on September 3, 2016, security forces of the regime massacred up to 49 high profile political prisoners and journalist after setting the prison on fire intentionally. 

On 10 August, 2016 the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) stated that “the use of live ammunition against protesters in Oromia and Amhara of course would be a very serious concern for us”, and has called for an international investigation into the killings.

As Ethiopians continue to demand their rights and dignity, and a repressive regime fighting for its survival is anticipated to continue killing innocent citizens asking for constitutional and land rights.

We ask the British Government to put pressure on the TPLF-led EPRDF regime in Ethiopia, top recipient of British and western aid (nearly a third of its annual budget) to:

 1. respect the constitutional rights of citizens and the rule of law.
 2. make non-emergency aid subject to respect for constitutional rights  of citizens; and
3. allow international observers such as the UN to investigate the massacre of civilians by security forces and bring those responsible to justice.



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