Allegations of abuses by the “Special Police” in Somali Region are also a concern. The increased security presence in the region has brought some benefits, including some development of basic services and infrastructure – albeit from a low base. But there have been many reports of mistreatment associated with the Special Police, including torture and execution of villagers accused of supporting the Ogaden National Liberation Front. The UK government and the UN have pressed the Ethiopian government to articulate a reform plan for the Special Police. The Ethiopian government has agreed this is needed, so we will encourage them to take action.
Posted on: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:59:56 +0000
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