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Ethiopia - Committee Against Torture (LOI) - June 2022

Date: June 13, 2022
Country: Ethiopia
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Torture
Mechanism: UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances
Report Type: List of Issues
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Human rights organizations have documented torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment by Ethiopian Defense Force soldiers in detention.[1] The Advocates has also received firsthand information from individual clients who have been forced to flee torture and human rights violations in Ethiopia and seek asylum in the United States. Many Tigrayan clients of The Advocates have denounced the systemic practices of torture they have suffered by state forces.[2] Clients have reported being subject to beatings, isolation, sleep deprivation, and threats by State agents while interrogating them.[3] In most cases, the State agents reportedly sought to get information or connect the clients to the Tigray People's Liberation group. Clients' relatives living outside of the Tigray region asserted having a constant fear of being attacked when leaving their houses.[4]

[1] Amnesty International,Beyond Law Enforcement: Human Rights Violations by Ethiopian Security Forces in Amhara and Oromia, AFR 25/2358/2020, 26-27, May 29, 2020.

[2] Interview by the Advocates (2022).

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.