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Ethiopia: Fear of torture/ Detention without charge/ Possible prisoners of conscience.

, Index number: AFR 25/022/2002

Hundreds of people have been detained in Awassa, capital of Ethiopia's Southern Region, in a second wave of arrests that began in late July in connection with a peaceful demonstration on 24 May. They are reportedly being held incommunicado without charge or trial, and may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment. Many of them may be prisoners of conscience, detained without charge for their non-violent opinions.

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