View on Africa: protests, political instability and purge in Ethiopia


Growing public dissatisfaction with ‘rent seeking’ and corruption in the ruling party and government culminated recently in the unprecedented Oromo protests.

In response, Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn has promised change, including action against individuals and institutions accused of bad governance, maladministration and corruption. At the same time, the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (HRC), one of the few remaining independent civil society organisations in the country, recently released its final report on the security forces’ response to the protests. The report accuses the government of extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention and rape.

This week’s View on Africa will be presented by Hallelujah Lulie, an ISS researcher based in Addis Ababa. He will discuss the latest developments from the ground as well as the findings of the HRC’s Oromo report.

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