Ethiopia: Liyuu Police Kill Innocent Civilians in Ogaden Region


 A liyuu police service man

Somalilandsun – civilian crack down are taking place in different zones in Ogaden, a region in eastern Ethiopia where conflict ravaged since 1994 according to reports that Ogadentoday Press has received from an independent sources in Ogaden.

Sources close to the Ogaden regional administration that refused to be named told Ogadentoday Press 12 persons have been killed by the regional Paramilitary forces, locally known Liyu Police.

An estimated hundreds have been arrested in last week In Ogaden towns of Godey, Shilaabo, Kebridahar, Dhagaxbuur, Jigjiga and Fik.

Ogadentoday Press has received some of the list arrested and killed.

The detainees have no access of the legal rights and mostly are accused of pro- rebel group of ONLF, Ogaden National Liberation Front fighting for self- determination of Ogaden Region in eastern Ethiopia.

Locals say, the government using harsh crack down and every one fears for his life and security.

ONLF, one of Ethiopian rebel groups, fighting for self determination of Ogaden Region issued last week a statement accusing for the government human right abuses in the region.

Peace talks between ONLF and Ethiopian government stalled on October 2012 but still there are diplomatic efforts to resume again negotiations.

Regional administration is preparing to held Ethiopia’s Nations’, Nationalities’ and Peoples’ Day in Jigjiga.

The government of Ethiopia puts its security alert high last week.

Ethiopian Paramilitary Forces have long accused of human right abuses in Ogaden Region but Ethiopia denies the accusations.

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and his delegation have visited recently the area for investment.

Since 2005, Ethiopia government isolated Ogaden region from the World, Ethiopia imposed a ban all international aid and media organizations in Ogaden despite some are operating under the permit of intelligence surveillances.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighting for the self-determination of Ogaden Region in Ethiopia since 1994.

Ogadentoday Press