Ethiopia: Dismantling dissent: Intensified crackdown on free speech in Ethiopia

Report
December 16, 2011

Ethiopia: Dismantling dissent: Intensified crackdown on free speech in Ethiopia

Since March 2011, at least 108 opposition party members and six journalists have been arrested in Ethiopia for alleged involvement with various proscribed terrorist groups. By November, 107 of the detainees had been charged with crimes under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and the Criminal Code. Amnesty International believes that the prolonged series of arrests and prosecutions indicates systematic use of the law and the pretext of counter-terrorism by the Ethiopian government to silence people who criticise or question their actions and policies, especially opposition politicians and the independent media.