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Ethiopia can't be trusted to respect rights of any political opponent – group

Ethiopia can't be trusted to respect rights of any political opponent – group

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<p>Be they internal or external, Ethiopia is no respecter of its political opponents, a Geneva-based rights group has said.</p> <p>The African Rights Monitor (<span class="caps">ARM</span>) group was reacting to the controversial refoulement of Somalian ‘freedom fighter’ Abdikarin Sh. Muse, who was handed over to Ethiopian authorities weeks back.</p> <p>A statement released by the group on Thursday called for his immediate release and return to Somalia arguing that aside Mogadishu’s breach of international law, they had handed him to a regime known for its highhandedness when it comes to dealing with opponents.</p> <p>“Ethiopia is known to be a country, where freedom and justice is not guaranteed any dissident or political opponent. Mr Abdikarin risks torture and a summary execution,” the statement said. It further chastised a purported enemy transfer agreement between the two governments describing it as ‘very alarming.’</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span>: African Rights Monitor condemns the handover of <span class="caps">ONLF</span> official to Ethiopia, says he risks torture, execution: statement <a href="https://t.co/DHwweUyW7O">pic.twitter.com/DHwweUyW7O</a></p>— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) <a href="https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf/status/905830326307627009">September 7, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The group to which Abdikarin belongs – the Ogaden National Liberation Front (<span class="caps">ONLF</span>) – issued a statement weeks back confirming social media reports of his transfer. The decision sparked outrage in the country bedeviled by Al-Shabaab insurgents.</p> <p>Despite <span class="caps">ONLF</span> describing itself as a liberation group of the Ogaden region, Ethiopia insists that the group is a terrorist organization and by extension, its members are terrorists. Addis Ababa, however, said Abdikarin carries an Ethiopian passport and voluntarily opted to return, claims his family strongly denied.</p> <p>Whiles accusing Mogadishu of breaching national and international laws, the <span class="caps">ONLF</span> in its statement echoed similar sentiments as that of the <span class="caps">ARM</span> that ‘the Somali government has forcefully transferred a political refugee to Ethiopia which is known to torture and humiliate its opponents.’</p> <p>“It has been intimated that Mr. Abdikarin was sacrificed in order ti get political support from the Ethiopian regime. The Ethiopian ambassador to Somalia who is a close relative of the Prime Minister and in-law to the Somali president played a key role in brokering the deal,” the statement said.</p> <p><span class="caps">ONLF</span> describes itself as “a national liberation organisation that struggles for the rights of the Somali people in Ogaden and has no involvement whatsoever in Somalia’s multifaceted conflict at all.”</p>

Ethiopia is known to be a country, where freedom and justice is not guaranteed any dissident or political opponent. Mr Abdikarin risks torture and a summary execution.

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