“Article 17(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) clearly provides that no person may be subjected to arbitrary arrest, and no person may be detained without a charge or conviction against him.
Nevertheless, according to complaints EHRCO received from families, in violation of these constitutional provisions and international human rights standards, several people are being kept in custody in different jails and at the Central Crime Investigation Department (Maikelawi) after having been arrested without due process of law and without being formally charged.
In this 103rd Special Report, EHRCO has compiled complaints received from families of victims on the situation of detainees who were arrested without a court warrant from different areas of the Oromia region and Addis Ababa on suspicion of having links with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). According to the complaints, once appearing before a judge, the detainees have been remanded in custody on several adjournments with the request of police for additional time to conduct investigation. Some of the detainees have had their files closed by courts for police could not come up with sufficient evidence to warrant their continued detention and some of them were allowed bail. However, in defiance of these court orders, police continued detaining the individuals by the time this report was being compiled.”
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