33 Ethiopian opposition parties boycott local elections.
16 January 2013, Addis Ababa (Ogadentoday Press) — According to reports in Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa, Thirty-three Ethiopian opposition parties’ have announced on Monday that they will boycott Ethiopia’s local elections. The political forces said that they have faced intimidation, and they accused of Ethiopian ruling party, Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), for rigging the vote.
The officials of the parties said that members of Ethiopian Intelligence security targeted their members and arrested meanwhile the ruling part used the aid from western countries for the election campaign.
In 2005, Ethiopian election was controversial and 199 civilians are killed by the Ethiopian ruling Party forces in Addis Ababa.
Despite International community has condemned, Ethiopian people and parties sees that USA, and Britain are supporting the one party system in Ethiopia directly.
According to Guardian newspaper, Britain now is providing financial assistance to Ethiopian Paramilitary forces Liyu Police in Ogaden Region, these forces are accused strongly committing human right abuses in Ogaden restive region eastern Ethiopia.
But, a letter sent to Guardian by the Lynne Featherstone MP International development minister said that accusing the UK government of funding the Liyu police force is misleading. Not a penny of British money will go to the Liyu force. We take human rights extremely seriously and recognize that reform of the special police is critical for achieving a safe and secure Somali region. That’s why we are discussing with UN partners how we might work together to improve the police’s human rights record.
In Britain Newspapers, received many letters from, Human Right Groups, Ogaden Britain Citizens who accused Liyu Police as barbaric militia group in Ogaden committed the human abuses in Ogaden.
Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF is fighting for independence of Ogaden region since 1984.