Poll pressures

Ahead of the 2020 vote, Amnesty International challenges Ethiopia

By Morris Kiruga

Posted on January 31, 2020 07:08

As elections approach in August, the security situation and protections for the opposition are problems that the Addis government is having trouble handling.

In a statement on 27 January, Amnesty International said Ethiopia had arrested 75 supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) over the weekend.

  • According to the human rights group, among those arrested was Chaltu Takele, a prominent political activist who spent more than eight years in prison before her release in 2016. She was also arrested twice after, in 2017 and 2019.
  • Amnesty International also said the most recent arrests are part of a systematic arrest and release of opposition figures that has been going on since February 2019. Those arrested are taken for “rehabilitation training”.