UA 364/92 - Ethiopia: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Arega Kitata, Tilahun Hirpassa, Wolde-Yesus Mengesha, Haile Legesse and large numbers of others from the Oromo ethnic group
The four people named above are among many members of the Oromo ethnic group detained in recent weeks. All four are being held incommunicado and without any charge; they appear to be detained for alleged links with the Oromo Liberation Front, currently in a state of virtual war with the transitional government of Ethiopia. Arega Kitata is reportedly held in a secret "safe house". Tilahun Hirpassa (previously detained under the Mengistu regime), Wolde-Yesus Mengesha and Haile Legesse are reportedly held in Ambo Prison. They are being held outside any legal framework. AI fears that they may be at risk of ill-treatment in incommunicado detention.