Detainees "Held Incommunicado

Detainees "Held Incommunicado"


Story Filed: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 5:20 AM EST


May 01, 2001 (UN Integrated Regional Information Network/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX)-- Eighty members of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) and more than 30 members of the All Amhara People's Organization (AAPO) are now believed to be held incommunicado following the riots in the capital, Addis Ababa, on 17 and 18 April, according to an Amnesty International (AI) statement issued on Friday. It said the whereabouts of these detainees were unknown.


Seifu Mekonen, a journalist from the Amharic weekly 'Mebrek', had not been seen since 20 April when he left his home, and there was "serious concern for his safety", the AI statement said. Up to 100 students, mostly from Addis Ababa University, were also believed to be held at various police stations in Addis Ababa. It also expressed concern over the treatment of student detainees. Between 2,000 and 3,000 students were released on 26 April from the Sendafe police training college, 38 km north of Addis Ababa, where they had been held since their arrest during the riots. According to AI, the students had not been allowed to talk to each other, or to sleep, and suffered physical discomfort, including instructions to "roll naked over gravel".


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