TOP 5 PRANKS WITH FAMOUS ATHLETES
Amnesty International found that the EHRC often used such unsubstantiated ‘findings’ to justify the security forces’ use of lethal force on protestors.
“It is unacceptable that in its investigations the EHRC glossed over the fact that people were killed or suffered grievous harm while exercising their human rights; it failed to exercise its statutory mandate to provide respite to their suffering,” said Joan Nyanyuki.
In 2017, Ethiopia’s Federal High Court ordered the EHRC to investigate numerous allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in prisons. The EHRC’s investigators reported seeing scars and other marks on the complainants’ bodies but did not establish whether they were from the alleged torture and other ill-treatment. They recommended that the police should have provided forensic evidence instead of seeking the opinion of an independent medical expert. Even after visiting the sites of alleged torture and other ill-treatment, the EHRC did not collect any medical reports or other evidence.
“It is disheartening to read the reports and see that no effort was made to include the collection of medical or forensic evidence as part of the investigations, and that no explanation for this oversight is provided. One report even questioned the credibility of complainants because they did not provide medical evidence of their torture and other ill-treatment,” said Joan Nyanyuki.
In 2013, the EHRC in a submission to the UN Human Rights Council ignored serious concerns previously raised by the UN rights body and others about torture and other ill-treatment in the country’s prisons, instead reporting on the country’s dilapidated prison facilities.
Time for reform
“The authorities must now follow through on their commitment to reform the EHRC making it an independent and impartial institution that is up to the task of supporting and contributing to Ethiopia’s ongoing human rights reforms,” said Joan Nyanyuki.