Information on the treatment of musicians, particularly those performing in Amharic, during the period 1992 to 1994 [ETH21451.E]

Information on the treatment of musicians performing in Amharic could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

According to Amnesty International Report 1995, an Oromo folk-singer was detained following a demonstration, while Ethiopian authorities "investigated whether her songs were seditious" (1995, 30). The folk-singer was later released uncharged after four months of imprisonment (ibid.). For additional information, please consult the attached documents.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Amnesty International. 1995. Amnesty International Report 1995. New York: Amnesty International USA.


Amnesty International. April 1995. Ethiopia: Accountability Past and Present: Human Rights in Transition. (AI Index: AFR/25/6/95). London: Amnesty International, pp. 20-21.

_____. 17 October 1994. Urgent Action: Ethiopia: Fear of Ill-treatment/Legal Concern. (AI Index: AFR 25/26/94). London: Amnesty International.

_____. 23 September 1994. Urgent Action: Ethiopia: Fear of Ill-treatment/Legal Concern. (AI Index: AFR 25/21/94). London: Amnesty International.

_____. 21 April 1994. Urgent Action: Ethiopia: Legal Concern. (AI Index: AFR 25/11/94). London: Amnesty International.

Additional Sources Consulted

Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in Ethiopia. March 1995.

DIRB Amnesty International Country File (Ethiopia). 1992-1994.

DIRB Country File (Ethiopia). 1992-1994.

Ethiopian Human Rights Council. Sixth Report. March 1994.

The Ethiopian Review. 1993-1994.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) reports.

Human Rights Watch World Report. 1992-1994.

News from Africa Watch.

On line searches of media reports (NEXIS).