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ETHIOPIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (EHRCO)

P.O. BOX 2432, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

TEL. 251-1-514539 OR 514489, FAX. 251-1-514539

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THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN ETHIOPIA

SIXTH REPORT - January 4, 1994.

The Sixth Report of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO) was released on January 4, 1994. The report covers complaints received from may 1993 to November 9, 1993.

A summary of the report follows:

Section 1 - Introduction.

Section 2 - Names of 28 people reported killed by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRDF) forces.

Section 3 - The Gondar massacre in which 18 people were killed and 17 wounded.

Section 4 - Names of 35 people who died in prison.

Section 5 - Names of 3 people shot and wounded by EPRDF forces.

Section 6 - Names of 13 people who "disappeared".

Section 7 - A list of 2041 prisoners in 70 prison houses. This list does not include those listed in the 3rd report (2147 prisoners), 4th report (433 prisoners), and 5th report (494 prisoners).

Section 8 - Names of 7 people who are languishing in different prisons in spite of court order to release them.

Section 9 - Names of political parties and organizations harassed by the EPRDF (eg., NDU, EDU, IFLO,AAPO).

Sections 10, 11 and 12 - These sections record the government's intervention in independent organizations and unions and their activities, include the plight of trade unions and professional associations, with a list of 20 members of ETA (Ethiopian Teacher's Association) dismissed from their jobs, and 17 imprisoned in different parts of the country. Section 12 includes names of 47 members of the Free Press who are still in prison (2), imprisoned and released on bail (31), and investigated by police and released (14).

Sections 13, 14 and 15 - These sections record names of 5 people denied of their rights to pension; the plight of vendors denoed of their rights to earn their living by selling newspapers, magazines, etc., and names of 11 people dismissed from their jobs for unsatisfactory reasons.

Sections 16 and 17 - These sections record names of 4 new prisoners of war and 22 people whose properties have been expropriated (4 by EPRDF and 18 by EPLF). Section 16 includes a moving apeal by EHRCO to all concerned, especially "the international community...who are actively interested in such humanitarian roles, to take up the issues with authorities concerned and provide some relief to the families of these victims."

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