Oromo refugees in Kenya face bribes, harassment

The Oromo are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group but have long complained of political and economic marginalisation at the hands of the country’s ruling party, which is dominated by a minority ethnic group, the Tigrayans. Following 2016 protests demanding political reform, which resulted in a state of emergency and the deaths of more than 600 in the security crackdown, thousands of Oromo made their way to neighboring Kenya seeking asylum and refuge. But they did not escape the Ethiopian authorities. Human Rights Watch has reported “numerous cases of harassment and threats” against Oromo asylum…

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Ethiopian PM announced political prisoners will be released.

Prime Minster Haile Mariam Dessalegn announced that his government will release all political prisoners and a notorious detention center knows as Maekelawi will be closed. During his announcement the PM was flanked by the chairmen of the sister parties that form the EPRDF coalition. The government didn’t say anything whether those who put those people in jail in the first place will be held accountable, or if the prisoners will be compensated for pain and suffering they endured. Details of this announcement and names of those prisoners to be pardoned…

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