Information on the treatment of the family members of Amhara military officers of the Mengistu government by the present government [ETH20057.E]

Information on the above-mentioned subject could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. However, for general information on the human rights situation of Amharas, please refer to the attachments, and to Responses to Information Requests ETH17356.E of 10 May 1994, ETH16342.E of 14 March 1994, ETH16001.E of 22 December 1993 and ETH14712 of 23 July 1993. These documents are currently available at Regional Documentation Centres. Also, for general information on the current government's treatment of former military and civilian officials of the Mengistu regime, please refer to appropriate pages of the Human Rights Watch Africa report entitled "Ethiopia: Reckoning Under the Law," dated December 1994. This document is also available at Regional Documentation Centres. In addition, please refer to pages two, ten to fourteen of the Human Rights Watch Africa report on Ethiopia entitled "Ethiopia: Waiting for Justice" and dated 8 May 1992. This document is also available at Regional Documentation Centres.

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 attached the list of sources consulted in researching this response.


Amnesty International. 1994. Amnesty International Report 1994. New York: Amnesty International USA, pp. 129-133.

Human Rights Watch (HRW). 1994. Human Rights Watch World Report 1995. New York: Human Rights Watch, pp. 16-21.

The Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 3 September 1994, No. 636. "Ethiopia: Former Regime Heading for Trial," p. 2.

The International Human Rights Group (IHRG). January 1994. Ethiopia In Transition: A Report on the Judiciary and the Legal Profession. Washington, DC: IHRG, pp. 28-31.

Norwegian Institute of Human Rights. August 1994. The 1994 Elections and Democracy in Ethiopia: Report of the Norwegian Observer Group. Oslo: Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, pp. 21-23.

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