The State of Emergency Decree Inquiry Board said on Tuesday that human right violations were committed against suspects who were imprisoned following the widespread unrest in the country last year.
At the performance hearing to the Parliament on Tuesday, the Inquiry Board Chairperson, Tadesse Hordofa was quoted by Sheger FM radio as saying that, “the command post has investigated and reached that various human rights violations were committed against the suspects.”
Suspects flooded beyond prisons capacity even with a lack of place to dine and sufficient toilet rooms, he told the parliamentarians.
He added suspects who have already taken the “deep reform” training were suffered from dysentery and other water born disease attributed to lack of clean potable water in the Awash Arba and Birrsheleko centers.
Tadesse went on to say that some polices used to implement forceful measurements including intimidation of suspects to confess them.
Previously, some prisons have got a shortage of foods. “But that problem is now resolved to some extent,” the chairperson confirmed.
The state decree inquiry board said over 20,000 citizens jailed since the imposition of the decree have so far been freed after receiving renewal training, including on the constitution, rule of law and color revolution, among others.
According to the board, 475 of the total detainees were freed on advice due to their old age and deteriorated health condition. The remaining nearly 5,000 suspects, however, will remain in custody to face justice.
A total of 26,130 suspects were arrested since Ethiopia declared the state emergency decree in October in response to the wide spread protests and unrest in Amhara and Oromia regions.
The state of emergency, the country’s first in quarter a century, was imposed to arrest violent anti-government protests and to restore what Addis Abeba says is a growing security situation in the two troubled regions.
Established shortly after imposition of the state emergency, the seven-members inquiry board comprising four MPs and three legal experts from the federal high court is also responsible to monitor nothing inhuman act is being committed against citizens during the emergency period or if any it will report to the premier’s office or to council of ministers.
Since the decree was imposed more than five months ago, the Ethiopian government recently lifted many of the restrictions.
Days ago, Addis Abeba also lifted more restrictions for the second time. Accordingly the command post led under Ministry of Defense has lifted the command post’s power to arbitrary arrest people or search individuals’ houses.
Furthermore, curfews and other restrictions on media and social media activism have also been lifted.
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