“People have been arrested at their workplaces, homes and on the streets and are being detained at various police stations in the city,” in the capital Addis Ababa, the EHRC said.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission recognized that the state of emergency declared on November 2 gives authorities the power to detain “persons suspected of collaborating with terrorist groups for reasonable reasons”, but demanded that law enforcement “must protect human rights and respect principles “. of legitimacy, reasonableness, proportionalism and impartiality “.
Human rights “cannot be restricted under any circumstances,” the commission warned Ethiopian law enforcement agencies.
Fasika on Friday denied that the police were targeting people because of their ethnic origin, saying they were TPLF agents who had been paid and given weapons.
But he admitted that the majority of those detained were ethnic Tigraya, and said that people of other ethnic groups had also been detained. He said he did not have the exact number of people arrested.
CNN is seeking a response from the Ethiopian government to the commission’s indictment.
Amnesty International leveled similar charges against Ethiopia in July, saying then: “Dozens of Tigrayans have been arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Addis Ababa police without due process … The arrests appear to be ethnically motivated, with former detainees, witnesses and lawyers who they describe how the police checked identity documents before arresting people and taking them to detention centers. “