UA 369/93 - Ethiopia: legal concern / fear of torture or ill-treatment: Staff of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA) eastern regional office in Dire Dawa: Ahmed Mohamed, Abbas Said, Sharif Mohamed, Usman Umar, Ali Haider, Abdulaziz Abdullah, Mohamed Ahmed,
The entire staff of the regional office of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA) in Dire Dawa were arrested by security forces between 26 September and 2 October 1993, apparently suspected of links with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). It is not known where they are being held, but they are possibly in Hurso "re-education camp" near Dire Dawa. They have not been brought before a court or charged with any offence. There is concern that they may be tortured or ill-treated in custody, and detained without charge or trial for an indefinite period. They may also be prisoners of conscience.