A 70-page report released today by the Human Rights Watch documents serious human rights abuses, unlawful interrogation tactics, and poor detention conditions in Ethiopia Central Prison (Maekelawi). Those detained in Maekelawi include scores of opposition politicians, journalists, protest organizers, and alleged supporters of ethnic insurgencies. Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 35 former Maekelawi detainees and their relatives who described how officials had denied their basic needs, tortured, and otherwise mistreated them to extract information and confessions, and refused them access to legal counsel and their relatives… read the report here
EDITOR’S NOTE: The HRW report also accuses the UK government of funding prisons in Ethiopia where torture and other gross abuses are being carried out by the regime. As if that is not enough, both the U.K. and the U.S. give political asylum to the human rights abusers to come to the diaspora and continue harassing, dividing, intimidating and abusing exiled Ethiopians.