Ethiopia fires senior prison officials for failing to respect rights

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, at the 32nd Extraordinary Summit of Intergovernmental Authority on Development, (Addis Ababa) © DR

Casablanca, (ADV) – Ethiopia has fired senior prison officials and urged the government to hold officials to account.

The country’s attorney general, Berhanu Tsegaye said, the top prison officials “were relieved of their post for failing to discharge the responsibilities and respect prisoners’ human rights,” according to the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting broadcaster late Wednesday.

The dismissals come weeks after new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke before parliament with unprecedented frankness about the extent of abuses by security forces on his predecessor’s watch.

In a landmark question-and-answer session, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed condemned the historical use of torture by security services, describing it as a form of “terrorism.”

“Does the constitution demand people be flogged, to be injured, to be kept in dark rooms? It doesn’t. That is the terrorist act of us, the government,” he said.

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