Ethiopia denies mass detentions of student protestors

[JURIST] Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi [BBC profile] has denied allegations [press release] from Amnesty International that the government has unlawfully detained thousands of protestors as part of the latest anti-government crackdown. Amnesty has said that thousands of students from the Orono ethnic group have been detained in connection with protests over last year's disputed elections [JURIST report] and that eleven of the detainees face a risk of torture or ill treatment. The Ethiopian Information Ministry [official website] responded by saying that the government has actually arrested a much smaller number on criminal charges for violent acts, and called the thousands of detainees number "misinforming and incredible". Reuters has more.

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