Ethiopia PM pledges to reform security sector and revisit repressive laws

Ethiopia

The Ethiopian prime minister has pledged to reform the security and intelligence forces of the country, saying his government will focus on establishing a system of accountability within these sectors.

The army and security forces have often been accused of using brutal forces and committing human rights violations in operations to repress protests against the government.

In a recent mishap, soldiers launched an attack that killed at least 12 civilians and wounded many in the southern border town of Moyale.

The attack which the army blamed on faulty intelligence caused thousands of Ethiopians to flee into neighbouring Kenya.

Addressing Ethiopians living in and around the capital Addis Ababa, Abiy also pledged to reform the judiciary where some laws like the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Proclamation have been described as repressive and restrictive on the democratic space in the country.

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