Perpetrators of Oromia, Somali Border Conflict Must Face Justice Soon: HPR Representatives Featured

05 Jan 2018
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Addis Ababa January  04/2018 A fact finding team established by the House of People's Representatives (HPR) announced that 107 individuals suspected of violating human rights in the Oromia and Somali border conflict are under investigation.

This was revealed today when the team presented its observations during a field visit to both regions to the HPR. 

Federal Police Commissioner, Assefa Abiy said investigation in identifying the cause that led to the violation of human rights and loss of lives in the two regional states will be finalized and reported to the House soon.

Cases related to criminal acts are being investigated by the respective regional police forces and the commission is supporting them, he added.

“The conflict has caused many deaths, displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and destruction of property in the regional states,” Assefa stated.

According to the Commissioner, 98 and 9 suspects detained for violation of human rights are from Oromia and Somali regional states.

The commission is hunting 96 individuals that are suspected of involvement in the conflict.

Noting that assistance to the displaced did not arrive on time due to lack of well organized communication and evidence, National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Mitiku Kassa said, “We are discussing ways of delivering unhindered assistance with leaders of both regions.” 

Members of the House stated that those who violated human rights and caused the loss of many lives should quickly face justice, and added that the anti-constitutional acts were not committed by peoples of the regions.

Rehabilitating the displaced should be done in a sense of urgency and peace conferences conducted to restore the deep rooted relationship of the peoples of the regional states.

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