Ethiopian police conduct must be investigated for the killing of five protesters – Amnesty International

The Ethiopian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the violent dispersal of protesters by police in Addis Ababa on 17 September 2018, where five people have been killed during the demonstration, Amnesty International said. These deaths follow a weekend of ethnic clashes that claimed more several lives in the outskirts of Addis Ababa.

Protesters took to the streets of the Ethiopian capital to protest the government’s inaction in the face of ethnic clashes.

“Nothing can justify the use of lethal force against people who are demonstrating peacefully. The authorities must do their utmost to identify and bring to justice those responsible for these unjustified deaths. The first step is to order an investigation into the conduct of the police force, “said Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes.