Survivors demand punishment of killer cops

From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – SURVIVORS and relatives of 21 villagers killed by an Ethiopian paramilitary police force during anti-terror operations last year are demanding that the law enforces be brought to book.
Last June, Liyu police members entered the village of Jaamac Dubad in the eastern Somali state after an officer had been wounded in a dispute with local traders.
The police shot indiscriminately, killing at least 14 men and seven women, and then looted shops and houses.
Rights groups and survivors are worried that nine months later, they are not aware of any investigation into the killings and no compensation had been received.
“Ethiopian authorities should end their indifference to the murderous operations by this paramilitary force and work with international monitors to investigate their abuses,” said human rights leader Felix Horne.
Ethiopian authorities created the Liyu police for the Somali region in 2007, when an armed conflict between the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front and the government escalated.
The Liyu police have frequently been implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and violence against people in the Somali region, as well as in retaliatory attacks against local communities.
There has also been growing evidence of attacks by the group against communities outside of the Somali region, including in the Oromia region since late December 2016, and in neighbouring Somalia.
Government pledged to investigate.
CAJ News

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