Nejashi Justice Council condemns Gerba killings

Widespread human rights violation and a brutal crackdown on Ethiopian Muslims, including killing innocent faithful, arbitrary arrest, and unlawful detention continued unabated by EPRDF regime.

According to the Voice of America, Amharic Service broadcast on October 22, 2012 and many other credible sources, on October 21, 2012, at least four people were confirmed to have been killed in the town of Gerba, Southern Wello, Amhara Regional State when federal police fired live ammunition on peaceful protesters.

According to eyewitness who reported to NJC sources two individuals were shot dead into their head while being transported to hospital for medical assistance after slightly wounded. It has been reported that clash sparked when the police attempted to arrest one of Muslims youth representative in the area. In addition to those killed, more than 15 people were severely wounded while scores of Muslims arrested. Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) reported citing a local resident that the federal forces besieged the town of Gerba unprecedentedly and its residents being terrorized.

It has to be recalled that Ethiopian Muslims have been staging peaceful protest for almost a year against government interference in their religious affairs and government opted to silence Muslims dissident by force. Seven months ago, on April 27, 2012 the federal police committed similar slaughter against Muslims in town of Asasa, Arsi Zone, Oromia Regional State that left more than five innocent people dead. Such outrageous use of force against innocent and non-combatant civilians underscores the Ethiopian government’s total disregard for the sanctity of human life.

The Nejashi Justice Council condemns, in its strongest terms of condemnation and denunciation, these most brutal criminal act committed by Ethiopian security forces against the innocent Muslims of South Wello and call on all international and Ethiopian human right groups to defend the rights of Ethiopian Muslims and join NJC in denouncing of the growing serious human right violation by Ethiopian government.

Nejashi Justice Council also calls on the Ethiopian government to halt the bloody response to Ethiopian Muslims’ peaceful demand. The Ethiopian Muslims demand nothing in their peaceful protest but their legitimate and constitutional right.

Nejashi Justice Council is a not-for-profit, independent organization with a mission to promote justice and equality, and raise awareness about human right abuse in Ethiopia. Currently the Council registered in District of Columbia.