Government Committed to Prevent Human Rights Violations

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Addis Ababa ENA August 2/2019 Prime Minister Abiy reiterated his government’s commitment in preventing human rights violations.

He affirmed that his government will not engage in activities that violate the rights of people, saying it is firmly committed to prevent the transgression of human rights.

Prime Minister Abiy made the remark while responding to the questions rose from journalist in connection to the failed coup attempt in Amhara regional state and the subsequent arrest of individuals during a press conference held yesterday.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that the June 22 foiled coup attempt in the Amhara regional state would be catastrophic if the government was not able to control it.

He said that if attacks were carried out as planned, it would have create dangerous condition to the well being of the country.

If not for the government, which treated the situation wisely, Abiy said the attack had created a situation that led to dictatorship, abandoning democratic steps.

Responding to question raised regarding ‘deliberate mass abduction of individuals by government forces following the attack’, the Premier said it is “far from truth”.  

He emphasized on the need to be aware the dangerous consequences of the attack, if the government did not control the situation on time.

Noting that the government has got detail information regarding the coup attempt, PM Abiy said the government has arrested limited number of people compared to the number of suspects.

Recalling that some 120 of those arrested in connection with the coup have already released, the Prime Minister said others will also be released as per the findings of the investigations.

Prime Minister Abiy reiterated that his government will not engage in activities that violate the rights of people, saying it is firmly committed to prevent the transgression of human rights.