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Special Report No. 31: Human Rights Violations in Ambo

“On March 9, 2000, students of Ambo Comprehensive secondary School had a meeting in the school compound and delegated four students from their midst to present their petition, requesting the government to facilitate their participation in efforts to extinguish the wildfire that was destroying the country’s natural forests. However, when the four students went to present the students’ demand to the local authorities, they were arrested. Since the student delegates tried to present to the authorities their fellow students’ demand peacefully, their arrest was unjustified and illegal. This measure was also provocative since it instigated the other students to decide to take to the streets demanding the release of their representatives and a satisfactory response to their earlier demand for participation in efforts to extinguish the wildfire.”

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