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The intention of the author of this article is good, butterribly naive. He seems to imply thatunderlying the human rights violations problems in Ethiopia is ignorance of themajority members of the police.
It is very unfortunate that the author also, I hopeinadvertently, seems to limit abuses and violations of human rights in Ethiopiaa prison phenomena. Under the TPLF regime, all over the country, across thespectrum Ethiopians have suffered one or another form of violation of theirhuman rights.
If you ask me, when as a nation the TPLF feeds us falsepropaganda on television and radio we finance with our tax birr, we are beingviolated by the denial of truthful information. When Hailemariam pounds hischest in parliament and claims the right of his party to use public money as itsees fit is another robbery and violation of the human rights of Ethiopianpeople.
It is not only violence, like the killings in the stadium orGedeb Asassa or beatings of Ethiopian church leaders, or massacre of Oromia Universitystudents or the rape by the security forces of leaders of opposition parties isa crime, especially males raping males – newest phenomenon in the Ethiopiaunder the TPLF; or when homes are demolished without the residents being givenalternative places is criminal and a demonstration of the arrogance of power.
Recall, what former mayor Kuma Demeksa said, when he wastold about Addis Abebans’ complaints about his policy of home demolishing. He told his staff, “Keep on. When you face resistance operate your dozers!”
Over the years, I have learned through observations andanalysis of the words coming out of the mouth of Ethiopian officials. Theconclusion I have reached is that our leaders desires and worship of power liesat the heart of the vexing human rights problems in Ethiopia.
Recall how the hooligan language Meles Zenawi constantlyemployed, when he wanted to make negative remarks about the opposition. He didthis to anyone critical or opposed to him. Ethiopia has been very unlucky inmany respects. Worse is his successor, who is an embodiment of lies and vulgarity,as if same parents and teachers have raised both. It is this similarembarrassing and criminal behavior that has now been passed to officials at thelower rungs of power.
One should know better what happens, when top leadershipnods and remunerates citizens’ beaters – the police, cadre or the army– like a Pavloviandog such people would salivate to beat, torture and kill or engage ineliminating critics of the system, which now is our country’s reality.
No matter how sound the alibis the author has assembled torationalize the very bad human rights situation in our country, the TPLFleaders and their handiworks are the criminals. The law has provisions to lookinto in precedent setting, aiding and abetting crimes; it goes without saying,therefore, Ethiopian officials are the primary causes of human rightsviolations, disappearances, the tortures and countless deaths of innocent Ethiopians.