(ERF) The organizations urged the Ethiopian government to lift the shutdown of internet and phone communications in the Oromo region. HRW says: “the two month shut down has prevented families from communicating , disrupted life-saving services, and contributed to an information black out following government counterinsurgency” in the region.
Since January 3, 2020 mobile phone networks, landlines and internet services are disconnected in Western Oromia’s Kellem Wellega, West Wellega, Horo Gudru Wellega zones, and East Wellega.
HWR also added that the media had credibly reported human rights abuses, including accounts of killings and mass detentions by government forces. The government accuses the Oromo Liberation Front of creating instability in the Oromia region.
Laetitia Bader, Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch said “ The Ethiopian government’s blanket shutdown of communications in Oromia is taking a disproportionate toll on the population and should be lifted immediately.”