Recently the HRLHA (Human Rights League of the Horn Of Africa) reported a new wave of mass arrests and inprisonments in Ethiopia. The repot says that “(...) HRLHA reporters confirmed that in and around Negelle Town of Borana Zone in Southern Oromia, around Damb Dollo and Gimbi towns in Western Wallaga zone in western Oromia, around Ambo town and all over Showa zone Centeral Oromia , dozens of people have recently been taken to prison, most of them to Ma’ikalawi Central Investigation Office in the Capital City.” Among these people are public servants, high school teachers as well as students, businessmen, private company workers, peasants, and others.
The Ethiopian government has a well-documented record of gross and flagrant violations of legal and constitutional rights of its own citizens, mainly of those who are suspected of being members or sympathizing with opposition political organizations. The government of Ethiopia routinely imprisons such persons and in some cases sentences them to long terms in prison. Some face the harshest punishment including death penalty. There have been credible reports of physical and psychological abuses committed against individuals in Ethiopian official prisons and other secret places of detention.