November 2005

The 2005 Massacres

The full list, consisting of the victims names, age, address, occupation, weapon used , date of incident and death, evidence, witness: To see the full list click here click here (pdf)

Bac kground: 

The Ethiopian massacre refers to the violence during June and November 2005 which led to the deaths of over 200 protesters and injury of 763 others, mostly in the capital Addis Ababa, following the May 2005 elections in Ethiopia. More than 60,000 people were detained by security forces following the election.

Protests of the results, led by the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), began on November 1, 2005, and have prompted more than 60,000 arrests. Live gunfire from government forces has been directed at protesters and bystanders. All the top opposition leaders were arrested, as was the mayor-elect of Addis Ababa. 

On October 18, 2006 an independent report said Ethiopian police massacred 193 protesters. The information was leaked before the official independent report was handed to the parliament. The leak made by Ethiopian judge Wolde-Michael Meshesha found that that the government had concealed the true extent of deaths at the hands of the police. Gemechu Megerssa, a member of the independent Inquiry commission, whom Justice Meshesha once worked with, criticized Justice Wolde-Michael’s act, stating that by taking the report “out of context and presenting it to the public to sensationalise the situation for his political end is highly unethical”. 

The official report described by the parliament and the government gave exactly the same details as the leaked inquiry. 

Until June 2007, many of the main opposition party’s (CUD) leaders were detained for an alleged attempt to overthrow the government and initiating the post election violence. All of these charges are denied by CUD leadership both in Ethiopia and internationally, and the European Union advocated for the political prisoners to be released after a speedy trial. Some of these elected CUD officials endured very harsh conditions inside Ethiopia’s poorly maintained prisons and they are at risk of various medical complications. As a result of the violence after the elections, many thousands were arrested and imprisoned.

 Ethiopian Massacres News

Inquiry Triples Toll in Ethiopia Protests Washington Post
Ethiopian government blocks report of massacre by its forces Guardian
Ethiopian protesters ‘massacred’
BBC
Ethiopian forces massacred protesters, says inquiry judge
Mail & Guardian
Ethiopia inquiry finds 199 died in post-poll violence
Boston
Security forces ‘massacred’ 193
News24