“The 35th Regular Report presents information collected by Human Rights Council’s Human Rights Monitoring and Investigation Department. The report provides a comprehensive look at the contemporary human rights situation in Ethiopia in 2010 and 2011. The gamut of human rights violations, including forced disappearance, denial of justice, excessive use of force by police officials, illegal detention, arbitrary arrest, torture, extra-judicial murder, cruel and inhuman treatment are covered in HRCO’s 35th Regular Report.
During the reporting year, HRCO documented an escalation in the proliferation of systemic human rights violations relating to arbitrary arrest, illegal detention and illegal forced eviction. The overly broad and vague definitions of terrorism outlined in the 2009 Anti-terrorism proclamation (proclamation 652/2009) are increasingly being used to silence political dissent and suspend due process rights.1 The proclamation implicates individuals who report on or provide ”indirect encouragement” for the activities of perceived terrorists allows police to arrest any individual he ”reasonably suspects” of having committed a terrorist act without a warrant.”
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